It is such a hard and complex topic. I'm curious to see what happens.
When a child is born of a "normal" heterosexual coupling there is the assumption that the offspring will know who their parents are. But as we have seen with closed adoptions, unspoken family adoptions, unsure paternal heritage and, heck, lying, that isn't always the case. Sperm "donation" (c'mon, they're paid! at least around here) is akin to the wild west- very few rules, or regulations, and few agreed upon practices (there are folks on here with children who have 30+ genetic half-siblings) I'm not sure what we should do about the future of sperm donation, but I know that kids that know they were conceived via donor sperm are bound to have questions about their backgrounds and the men who made their lives possible.
We felt it was too risky to have a known donor. Legally, it just felt like we'd be in unchartered waters. So we chose a donor who was "FI"- he would be willing to consider being contacted by his offspring when the child(ren) reach age 21 (legally unable to sue for child support.) Will he choose to be contacted? Will our kids (or the 6 other half-sibs we know) want to find out who he is? We'll have to wait and see.
My biggest concern is being open and honest about their conceptions (as though we have much of a choice
and providing them with as much age appropriate information as we can so they can make their own decisions. I haven't heard about this particular woman's story, but I have watched documentaries where the kids and sometimes the women who had them have regarded the donors as absent fathers. That bothers me to no end. I would hate for families like mine to have fewer options because of anti-anonymous donor laws (it's already expensive, and I can't imagine what it'd be like if they guys weren't compensated or they had to release their ID) but I also feel like it's not fair to our kids to tell them "too bad!" you'll never know where half your genes came from. Then again, other kids aren't necessarily born with that guarantee, either.