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From: Darrell Martin <>
Subject: Re: [LO] Birth parent: sperm donor vs. adoption
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 19:05:17 -0500
At 04:09 PM 9/28/04, wrote:
>On one of my surname lists, a recent posting describes a search for
>information about a biological father. In later postings in this thread, the
>biological father is identified by name, profession and city of residence, described
>as a sperm donor, and stated to be living.
>I am a more than a little uncomfortable with the direction of this thread,
>and have already asked the participants (gently and privately) to continue
>their exchange off the list.
>Although I know that there is an ADOPTION-GEN list, this type of discussion
>doesn't seem to be covered there. Furthermore, as far as I know, there is no
>legal precedent (e.g., property or inheritance rights) that could affect a
>sperm donor or his children.
>Does anyone have ideas about how to handle this? Would doing more be
>appropriate, e.g., having the thread deleted from the archives?
>Thanks for your comments.
In my opinion, you should (as you clearly did) consider the list topic, what your rules are, and the general good of the list, and then decide how to handle things. I don't think whether there is another list to cover the situation matters much. Having done that, you should just let it go, in my opinion. Deleting the thread from the archives will not accomplish much, and probably won't receive a favorable hearing from staff unless the messages are in themselves offensive. From what you have said, that's not the case.
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