Author: Deborah Forman


The Impact of Marriage Equality on Family Building for Gays and Lesbians

The Supreme Court’s decision in June allowing same sex couples to marry throughout the nation has surely changed the lives of many gay and lesbian couples who had been denied that right. But does marriage equality equal parental equality? Not necessarily. Gays and lesbians seeking to have children must do so through assisted reproduction or adoption. Let’s look at ...

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Abortion and Selective Reduction Clauses In Surrogacy Contracts: What Every Intended Parent and Surrogate Needs to Know

After years of waiting, hoping, and trying, parenthood is within reach: the IVF worked and your gestational carrier is pregnant. Now, an early prenatal visit reveals that the surrogate is carrying a high-order multiple pregnancy. Instead of the hoped-for singleton pregnancy-or even twins-the physician has detected four fetuses. For another couple, a routine ultrasound at the beginning of the second...

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Mixed-Up Embryos, Missing Gametes and Other Medical Mishaps

Since the first "test tube baby" Louise Brown was born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) more than 35 years ago, researchers estimate that as many as 5 million babies have been born from this miraculous procedure. When the process goes well, parents achieve their dream of having a child. Unfortunately, as with all medical procedures, sometimes accidents happen and physicians and labs...

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Informed Consent and the Flood of Forms

If you are undergoing fertility treatment or using assisted reproductive technology to create a family, at some point, you will confront a stack of forms provided by your physician. These forms represent one method by which your physician obtains your informed consent to proceed with treatment. These forms likely run many pages and contain a mass of medical, legal and...

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