Egg donation is the process of acquiring healthy eggs from a donor who endures time consuming and invasive procedures.
These procedures often require at least 10 visits to a clinic for screening and monitoring, self-administered injections at home, and a full day off from work for minor surgery with the end goal of extracting 10-15 eggs. The eggs are then transferred to intended parents who will use them to create viable embryos in hopes of creating their own child through IVF. While an egg donor is required to execute a consent agreement which affirms she has been advised of the risks and benefits associated involved with the anticipated treatment and consents to proceed, consent forms do not affirmatively address the termination of a donor’s legal parental rights.
It is in the best interest of both parties to have a clear agreement before beginning the process of egg donation. However, the complexities of egg donation law can make the process too difficult for many to navigate comfortably. Therefore, best practice is for the donor and recipient(s) to enter into an egg donor agreement, facilitated by an egg donation lawyer, which sets forth the intention of the egg donor to relinquish her parental rights and the desire of the intended parents to assume parental rights for any subsequent children born as a result of the donation.
We welcome inquiries about the exciting new area of reproductive technology and look forward to discussing how Brinkley Law Firm can assist you in your journey to parenthood.