THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
by John Spritzler
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A CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW, AND BE KNOWN BY, BOTH OF ITS BIOLOGICAL PARENTS AND BOTH BIOLOGICAL PARENTS HAVE A DUTY TO LOVINGLY RAISE THAT CHILD
The needs of children trump the desires of adults. Any policy or law that promotes the practice of a child's biological parent to be unknown to the child or to abandon the child when this is not in the best interest of the child (as when the biological parent is, say, criminally abusive to the child) is an anti-egalitarian policy or law. Such a policy or law violates the egalitarian principle of mutual aid, in particular the mutual aid between parents and their children.
Please follow the links below to see what others, including now-adult children conceived by anonymous sperm conception or anonymous surrogacy birth, say about this topic:
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-465-00811-7 Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness (about the pain an adopted child may suffer from not knowing its biological parents; not a criticism of adoption.)
This NYT article is about the pain experienced by children fathered by American GIs in Vietnam who don't know their father: “I need to know where I come from,” said Trinh Tran, 46, a real estate agent in Houston who has searched in vain for her G.I. father. “I always feel that without him, I don’t exist.” https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/16/us/vietnam-legacy-finding-gi-fathers-and-children-left-behind.html?ref=global-home&_r=1
Child of Anonymous Sperm Donor Wants Right to Know Biological Parents: Alana, the author, writes: "The facts of my conception are that my father was paid to abandon me. There is no dignity in that. I suffered from debilitating identity issues, mistrust of the opposite sex, hatred and condemnation of the opposite sex, feelings of objectification – like I only exist as a play – toy for others, and feeling like a science experiment."
Princeton-Brookings study: "Reams of social science and medical research convincingly show that children who are raised by their married, biological parents enjoy better physical, cognitive, and emotional outcomes, on average, than children who are raised in other circumstances.1 "