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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://sonofasurrogate.tripod.com/?fbclid=IwAR2-Vm5Ed2rS_-iHv9waeN2bd9zroWPMSPlcRbfmbmeFY6JRxcDW9p3DQY0

https://thembeforeus.com/biology-matters-take-donor-conceived-kids-loving-straight-parents/?fbclid=IwAR1ume2iNO0VUDKBRnGoyX-_4YSp-m78SfoK3ig18PtFHp46Q9Z4IdM8GYY

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/15/AR2006121501820.html?fbclid=IwAR1GCwLunVWm76JKnLGG1skpgEhPfECe5G64nWgbT11HDCfqUzQOJaxoL5s

https://frabjousdays.blogspot.com/2007/01/brown-eyed-girl.html?fbclid=IwAR0xOXDPHV7dNEsDQcPJ0OJOmUC7yhoCJwJZB7APvFnkdekW9LBJ-Z3nUWk

https://childrenhaverights-saynotoreprotech.blogspot.com/2008/03/we-deserve-to-be-conceived-in-love.html?fbclid=IwAR02SqWGhpmj8wT_LxAnKTqZxIW-bcakUxLn5fi_qRbaOMXM9XuYFPrVLno

https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/02/7571/?fbclid=IwAR2zU-S6cHiraj_HxR_IgQXAiX83IumZfS_zLrmOjTLwE0prUehAkDrj3EQ

https://www.npr.org/2011/09/18/140477014/donor-conceived-children-seek-missing-identities?fbclid=IwAR07FiE3RTf3CYIs3-rH323Duh2kDWVfJzi7BAN7E2JayF5bmHIo0yYdaeg

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/my-father-was-a-sperm-donor.-heres-why-i-hate-my-conception/?fbclid=IwAR0Cipohhi3roV3K1gKJOK6I_p7LUBkkIr2kR_F2sCbiH_R5OMOuL5BEFrI

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mckinney-anonymous-sperm-donor-offspring-20180318-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2DxL6Q54xgnLF_mBPfYdmz6bhj6NmL3CiPwqh4EpbNP8Kx3zCG206RnDA

https://stream.org/children-sperm-donors-speak/?fbclid=IwAR17K8g_bpH8wMtRzVLiTtd_YvA8GP0QnWqE9z-bemgN2YCSg7WxUCYfaNw

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."

https://www.lifenews.com/2013/06/10/child-of-anonymous-sperm-donor-wants-right-to-know-biological-parents/?fbclid=IwAR1HTrKvGEDTLL3StWNzryQLUL90-vM8qRFAaUVigKS6mR74gzRn2kAOuIc

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1289042/Caroline-fathered-sperm-donor--does-bitterly-resent-stranger-gave-life.html?fbclid=IwAR03kttuRnwiVKHJvAqNNfyUxuD0wC2DHI2smnMkeTVJCSIzN1AGnrbxn6M

https://futureofchildren.princeton.edu/sites/g/files/toruqf2411/files/media/marriage_and_child_wellbeing_revisited_25_2_full_journal.pdf?fbclid=IwAR02SqWGhpmj8wT_LxAnKTqZxIW-bcakUxLn5fi_qRbaOMXM9XuYFPrVLno

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 "

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