A huge congratulations to Olivia Pratten this evening.....a judge ruled today at 5pm PDT that her case will not be dismissed and will continue on to trial!!!
By: The Canadian Press
Date: Friday Oct. 15, 2010 5:26 PM PT
A 28-year-old woman conceived through sperm donation has won the right to proceed with a lawsuit aimed getting information about the donor.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected a bid by the provincial government to block a lawsuit filed by Olivia Pratten, who was born in B.C. but now lives in Toronto.
She wants the court to order the province to create a system that ensures sperm donor records are kept indefinitely and to prevent existing records from being destroyed, making it virtually impossible for donors to remain anonymous.
Pratten, who says she's thrilled the suit will proceed, has been fighting for more than a decade to obtain records about her conception, arguing such information is vital to her own health.
The doctor who performed the procedure for Pratten's mother insists he destroyed the documents in the 1990s because physicians aren't required to keep patient records for more than six years.
Pratten and her mother don't believe the documents were actually destroyed, pointing to what they believe are inconsistencies in what the now-retired doctor has told them.