Genetic Link Requirement in Surrogacy
I feel very humbled to have been called upon as an expert witness for this landmark decision. And this is a huge victory for surrogacy. After winning this case, the attorneys can now approach the Constitutional Court and hopefully change the law as regards the genetic link requirement for surrogacy.
By Nancy Freeman-Carroll, Psy.D.
Most parents get a little nervous the first time their young child asks the question, “Where do babies come from?” This question, and the answer, are both more complicated when the child asking was conceived with assisted conception—IVF, donor egg, or donor sperm. Although it often makes parents squirm, this inquiry is an important step in a child’s awareness of himself and the people around him.
By Dr. M.I. Cassim
Prior to the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), no options were available for women with premature ovarian failure, diminished ovarian reserve or genetically transmittable diseases.
Women who require egg donation as a form of fertility treatment or supporting their IVF are often those who have reached an advanced maternal age. Generally, woman may begin to consider egg donation in their late 30’s. Egg donation is also recommended if people have had several failed treatments with their own eggs or have chromosomal or genetic challenges that they wish to end with the solution of egg donation. Another reason is the onset of premature ovarian failure or early menopause.