There are many pathways to building a family. As medical technology has improved, many individuals have turned to assisted reproduction. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a phrase describing when medical technology is used to assist in achieving a pregnancy. ART is a broad term that covers in vitro fertilization, ova (egg) donation, sperm donation, intrauterine insemination (IUI), gestational surrogacy, and other types of fertility (or infertility) treatments.
Within this broad description of ART, there is a category known as “third-party reproduction”. This term is used whenever the assistance of a third-party is needed to achieve the goal of achieving a viable pregnancy. This may involve the use of a donor (egg or sperm) or the use of a gestational carrier (surrogate) to gestate the child.
Medical technology has advanced more quickly than the law. As a result, if you are considering one or more methods of third-party reproduction, it is critically important that you consult with an attorney experienced in this area of the law to thoroughly understand the legal landscape before beginning this journey. Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and working in the field of Assisted Reproduction since 1994.
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