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McD v. L

McD v. L is a ruling by the Supreme Court of Ireland, handed down on 10 December 2009, that granted a sperm donor visitation rights to a child born via artificial insemination.[1][2] The case has been viewed as a victory by advocates for the rights of sperm donors and the men's rights movement.[3]

McD v. L
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CourtSupreme Court of Ireland
Full case nameMcD. v L. & anor
Decided10 December 2009



The donor, a gay man whose identity remains anonymous, had been friends with the lesbian couple to whom he donated sperm in 2006.[4] However, the trio subsequently had a falling out and the women attempted to relocate to Australia. The donor obtained an injunction to prevent the mothers from leaving the country. He subsequently sought legal guardianship of the child.

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  1. ^ Dearbhail McDonald and Tim Healy, Gay sperm donor wins the right to see biological son, Irish Independent, 10 December 2009
  2. ^ Constitution holds sway in definition of the family unit Constitution holds sway in definition of the family unit, Irish Independent, 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ Ronert Frankin, Irish Supreme Court: Child has Right to Knowledge of and Contact with Both Biological Parents[permanent dead link] Men's News Daily, 19 December 2009
  4. ^ Mary Carolan, Boy's birth followed complex search for suitable donor, The Irish Times, 10 December 2009

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