Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 363–364 | Cite as

Open-Identity Sperm Donation: How Does Offering Donor-Identifying Information Relate to Donor-Conceived Offspring’s Wishes and Needs?

  • Marja Visser
  • Monique H. Mochtar
  • Fulco van der Veen
Letter to the Editor


Public Health Research Question Null Hypothesis Longitudinal Study Empirical Data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marja Visser
    • 1
  • Monique H. Mochtar
    • 1
  • Fulco van der Veen
    • 1
  1. 1.Academic Medical CentreUniversity of Amsterdam, Center for Reproductive MedicineAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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