If you use an egg donor, a sperm donor, or a surrogate to have your baby, you might worry about the legal implications of the process. The law is clear about donors’ rights – an egg donor cannot try to keep the resulting baby, and has no legal recourse to do so. Egg donors are carefully screened, and sign a number of papers outlining the nature of their donation.
Using Egg Donors
Egg donation is a strong choice if you don’t have viable eggs, but would still like to have a child using your partner’s sperm. If you use an egg donor, you can potentially still carry the child yourself, or use a surrogate if necessary. Good candidates for egg donation include people with poor egg reserves, women who went through early menopause, women who have had their ovaries removed, women who were rendered sterile by cancer treatments, and women who want to avoid passing on serious genetic conditions.
Choosing an Egg Donor
We carefully screen our egg donors for physical health, mental health, and their understanding of the legal implications of the egg donation process. They also receive a significant amount of education about the process Many of their responses to these screenings are available to you. If you’re using an egg donor, you will have the opportunity to choose from a diverse pool of qualified donors. In addition, you also have the option to use a donor you know personally, as long as they meet our qualifications.
By New York state law, and by state law in every other state, egg donors have no legal rights as parents to the children resulting from their egg donation through a qualified center. They sign papers to this extent. From a legal perspective, an egg donor cannot try to keep your baby. In addition, the vast majority of egg donors would never consider trying to do so: egg donors usually donate out of a deep desire to help couples who can’t have children of their own.
To schedule a consultation about whether using an egg donor is right for you, please give us a call at (212) 369-8700 or click below and we will get right back to you.