Genetic Identity Day

“Humans are storytellers. It is through these stories that we draw meaning in constructing our genetic identities.” – Kevin Martin

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From having accurate medical histories to knowing our ancestral identities, understanding our genetic identity is important to understanding who we are and where we came from.

On May 30, we want to bring awareness to the importance of genetic identity by launching a new international day for the right to genetic identity. We believe that everyone should have the freedom to know their complete genetic identity, including medical history and ancestral identity.

We believe that it is wrong to purposely create people who are denied knowledge about their medical, cultural, and genetic identity. Important personal information about our identities should not be deliberately withheld from us by government, doctors, or the fertility industry.

#GeneticIdentityDay is an occasion to join together with fellow donor conceived people, adoptees, and anyone else who has had this information withheld. We want to tell our stories and tell people that #geneticidentity matters to us.

On May 30 the Donor Conceived Alliance of Canada will be heading to Ottawa to tell the federal government that genetic identity matters!  And it is especially important this year because of recent events.

In spring 2018, Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather introduced a bill that seeks to make it legal for people to be paid for their gametes and for women to be paid for surrogacy, while completely ignoring the best interests of donor-conceived people. Likewise, six months later, Health Canada released draft regulations to bring sections of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act into force but it also left out critical regulations that are needed to protect donor conceived Canadians. Neither Housefather’s bill nor Health Canada’s regulations do anything to address the concerns that donor-conceived individuals have about access to accurate medical information, banning anonymity, and capping the number of individuals created using one person’s gametes. See more about what we stand for here [link].

So this #GeneticIdentityDay, we’re asking you to help us spread our message! Share the  graphic below on Twitter and Facebook and tag your elected officials to let them know that you support the need for donor conceived people and adoptees to know their full genetic identities.