Virginia Prescott , New Hampshire Public Radio, 6/30/2010
Each year, tens of thousands of children are believed to be born from donor insemination. The numbers are uncertain, and so are their outcomes. The fertility industry knows little about what happens after children of sperm donors grow up, nor how they feel about the method of their conception. A new report opens a window onto this population. Family scholars surveyed more than a million households to find out how donor children fared compared with their peers. The study revealed that children of donors face greater risk of depression, feelings of isolation, trouble with the law, addiction and mental illness. Author and researcher Elizabeth Marquardt is co-investigator of the report called "My Daddy's Name Is Donor." She joined us today. Alana Sveta, an adult child of a sperm donor, and blogger at FamilyScholars.org, also joined us.