Remember your family photographs from childhood? Most individuals take great pride and pleasure in reflecting back on certain periods and memories of their life captured through a simple picture. But, what if you spent your entire childhood and adult life trying to make sense of the fact that you never looked like any of the other members of your family?
Or, consider this scenario: Your parents decide to get a divorce when you are eight years old. Your father attempts to gain custody of your older sister, but not you. The reason you come to find out is that you are the product of anonymous sperm donation, meaning your father is not actually your actual biological father.
These two stories, among others, are the focus of Anonymous Father’s Day, a documentary film released by the Center for Bioethics and Culture earlier this year. The aforementioned children, now adults, are just two examples of the 30,000 to 60,000 children now conceived in the United States via sperm donation.