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Dismisss sperm case: B.C.

The British Columbia government is asking a judge to throw out a landmark legal challenge seeking to end the anonymity of sperm donors.

The British Columbia government is asking a judge to throw out a landmark legal challenge seeking to end the anonymity of sperm donors.

Olivia Pratten, 28, wants the B.C. Supreme Court to order the province to create a system that ensures donor records are kept indefinitely and to prevent existing records from being destroyed.

She also wants children conceived through donation to have the ability to obtain information about a donor’s identity and medical history — effectively making it impossible for them to remain anonymous. Pratten launched the lawsuit after fighting for more than a decade to obtain records about her conception, arguing such information is vital to her own health and to ease the psychological stress of not knowing who her biological father is.

The doctor who performed the procedure insists he destroyed the documents in the 1990s because physicians aren’t required to keep patient records for more than six years. B.C.

government lawyer Leah Greathead told court that because the records surrounding Pratten’s case no longer exist, there would be no point for the judge to consider whether to order them returned.

 
 
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