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.
Many infants are conceived each year using this method. Couples use donor sperm (DS) when the husband/partner has no sperm or a very poor semen analysis (azoospermia, oligospermia, poor motility), or when there is a genetic problem which could be inherited from the male. Single women who want a biological child also use donor sperm.