‘Lies and trauma’: donor-conceived adults are still haunted by their origins

Australia’s fertility industry has undergone seismic shifts in practice, but for those born before these changes, past mistakes feel firmly in the present

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Brendan Ritter, 22, recently discovered he was donor conceived.

When he was told, his first feelings were for his mother: “I felt the weight of her emotion from her body language,” he says. “It was incredibly important to my parents to have a child and donor conception made that a reality for them, which I think is beautiful.”

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