Archive for February, 2011

New Jersey: Intended Mother Not Biologically Related to Child Must Adopt

Posted on February 24th, 2011 in Adoption, Assisted Reproduction, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Legislation, Noteworthy Decisions, Surrogacy | No Comments »

The appellate division held that a married woman had to adopt her husband’s child.

The child was created with her husband’s sperm and a donor egg.   The resultant embryo was then transferred into a gestational carrier who gave birth to the child.   The married woman argued that if she was artificially inseminated with donor semen, her husband would be considered the legal father pursuant to New Jersey statute.   While the statute does provide for legal recognition of the husband, the Court distinguished this case and required an adoption.

Justification for the Surrogacy Exclusion

Posted on February 4th, 2011 in Surrogacy | No Comments »

Most people consider health insurance companies to be greedy and eager to look for ways to deny coverage to insureds.  But there is one “refusal to pay” restriction in policies which is becoming far more widespread of late and for which – hard as it may seem for a surrogacy lawyer to write – I find significant justification: The surrogacy exclusion.

A surrogate (gestational carrier) is under contract to deliver a baby that is not genetically hers to someone else (intended parent(s)) and is paid for her time, effort and risk in being pregnant.  She does not wish to take physical custody and raise the baby post-delivery and, indeed, is legally prohibited from doing so.  Her insurance company is right not to underwrite her prenatal care and delivery expenses in such a situation, regardless of the fact that this trend towards virtually uniform exclusions in policies makes surrogacy even more of a financial burden for so many people.