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Papa's BabyPaternity and Artificial Insemination$
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Browne C. Lewis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738481

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738481.001.0001

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Allocating the Paternity of Husbands, Same-Sex Partners, and Sperm Donors

Allocating the Paternity of Husbands, Same-Sex Partners, and Sperm Donors

(p.183) 8 Allocating the Paternity of Husbands, Same-Sex Partners, and Sperm Donors
Papa's Baby

Browne C. Lewis

NYU Press

This chapter presents three different proposals pertaining to the allocation of the paternity of the men involved in the artificial insemination process. The first proposal addresses situations involving two or more men who want to be recognized as the father of the resulting child. The second proposal is offered to assist courts faced with the decision of whether or not to acknowledge the inseminated woman's husband or same-sex partner as the paternal parent of the artificially conceived child. The third proposal discusses the paternal obligations of sperm donors. The theories that underlie these proposals address situations that involve one adult who is biologically unrelated to the child. The focus is on cases where the option before the court is either to allocate parental rights to the one person seeking it or to declare the artificially conceived child to have only one legal parent.

Keywords:   paternity, parental rights, artificial insemination, adjudication

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