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Test Tube FamiliesWhy the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814716823

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814716823.001.0001

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Donating to Parenthood

Donating to Parenthood

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Test Tube Families

Naomi R. Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter examines various issues relating to egg/sperm donor versus intending parent(s), as well as the partnership rights that a couple may have against each other. In most states, laws provide that a sperm donor has no rights to any resulting child and treat the intending parents as the legal parents. However, very few states have comparable laws dealing with embryo or egg donation. Even the statutes that are in existence are often limited in scope, especially with regards to parenthood issues outside the marriage context. This chapter first considers the laws on families formed through sperm, egg, and embryo donation, and surrogacy, with particular emphasis on marital and nonmarital families, before discussing issues of parentage when same-sex couples form families through any of the reproductive technologies.

Keywords:   sperm donor, laws, intending parents, legal parents, egg donation, parenthood, families, surrogacy, same-sex couples, reproductive technologies

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