O Father, Where Art Thou?
The analogy with open adoption, the medical benefits of uncovering your genetic background, and, finally, the litigious culture surely will propel greater transparency among donors, clinics and fertility patients. Many are already happy with that, including the “father” quoted in the Times article who donated sperm as a student and then never got around to starting his own family as an adult. Now 46, he would like to connect with any adult child he may have casually and anonymously assisted into existence about 25 years ago.
But largely buried beneath this article lies the question being asked throughout our culture today in all sorts of unusually constituted “families”: Who is my father? Where is my father? What do I mean when I call someone father?