A Father's Day reminder: They're still essential

Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, 6/20/2010

Granted, many children still have in-house fathers, but millions don't. Some fathers have become alienated through divorce. "Baby daddies" never were invited to the commitment party. Still others are anonymous in the truest sense – mere DNA donors who made a deposit and picked up a check. The latter are the subject of a new study – "My Daddy's Name Is Donor" – about the offspring of sperm donors. Published by the Center for Marriage and Families, the report is the first of its kind since artificial insemination and single motherhood came into vogue. By large percentages, the sperm-donor children suffered more depression, delinquency and substance abuse than children who were adopted or raised in a home with their two natural parents. Almost two-thirds agreed that "My sperm donor is half of who I am." Half were concerned that money was involved in their creation.

Subjects: Family, Donor conception

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