Eve grew up in a very small town and always knew there was something different about her, but what she uncovered was filled with injustice and deception.
I talk with Eve Wiley about how she discovered she was conceived via a sperm donor. Her journey to uncover the mystery of her biological father is filled with twists and turns and, ultimately, an unbelievable outcome — that now finds her advocating for changes in the laws in 42 states where fertility fraud is still legal.
You’ll find out:
- Eve’s backstory
- How sperm banks/donors worked in the 80s
- The doctor’s recommendation to Eve’s parents (re: sperm donor)
- How anonymity breeds fraud
- Things that raise doubt re: why Eve’s father sought a sperm donor
- Experiences (growing up) that caused Eve to know something wasn’t right
- What happened with Eve at 16 that led to her finding out the truth
- The surprising emotion Eve felt when finding out the truth
- Forced gratitude many adopted / sperm donor children experience
- Why it felt like a second chance when Eve discovered the truth
- The process in which Eve had to wait until she was 18 to find her artificial insemination donor (bio dad)
- The very first time Eve met her biological father and the relationship that developed
- When things changed for Eve re: her bio dad
- Does a donor typically know how many offspring they may have produced?
- Why there are crazy numbers of half siblings in the US
- When Eve discovered her DNA doesn’t match her “bio” dad’s
- The difficult decisions/choices Eve made that truly show her character (that could’ve remained a secret)
- The motivation of the doctor
- Did Eve confront the doctor and did he accept culpability?
- The advice Eve gave her mom re: the deception and how to accept things
- Did Eve get the impression she was the first to confront the doc?
- How Eve’s experience is an example of rape culture
- Eve’s professional life before she became an advocate (and how it helped with her understanding of victimization)
- The problem with doctors policing doctors
- How/why hair salons (for example) have to worry about violations more than doctors do
- Eve’s suggestion as to where to start if you suspect you might be doctor-conceived
- The power and corruption of NDAs
- How we can help re: patients rights and legislation
- How YOU made a difference by my simply tagging people on a Reel re: Bills
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Learn More About Eve at www.evewiley.com
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