Getting pregnant with the help of a third party, either an egg or sperm donor, is a tough decision to make. And how much to share with the resulting offspring about their beginnings is best left to the parents. At least, that's the American stance.
This piece in the Scottish paper, the Daily Record, illustrates how bad things have gotten in the UK since anonymity of donor records was made illegal. So few men step forward to donate sperm there now that the health system is helping out by importing semen from London. Many hopeful parents-to-be are spending time and money to go abroad, to countries where third-party supplies are more plentiful.
For patients at Houston Fertility Center, we collaborate with highly reputable agencies that have both sperm and egg donors available and waiting. The level of interaction between fertility patient and donor can vary with the agency and, most importantly, with the needs of all parties involved.
The U.S. may still have quite a few unsettled issues in the healthcare arena, but we can at least rest assured that supplies for third-party reproductive care are just fine.