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Who is the Legal Parent in Egg Donation Cases?Modern technology has assisted with the creation and growth of many families. Originally, natural conception and adoption were the only two options available to those who wish to have children or increase the size of their existing family. While adoption is a great option for couples to use, some parents wish to have a biological connection with their child and care for them through conception as well. Thankfully, medical advances have allowed families to have children through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using donor eggs. Egg donation is a treatment for infertile women who wish to physically bear a child. While this is not a brand new technology, it has continued to improve over the years. According to data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), there was a 50.7% success rate for live births using donor eggs in the U.S. in 2017, proving that this version of IVF is a valid option for many families.

Requirements of the Recipient and Donor

For obvious reasons, IVF egg donation is not a parent’s first choice when trying to create a family; however, it is a good option for those who need help doing so. The process can cost a significant amount of money and involves a fair amount of medical treatments. This form of IVF is typically used for women with diminished egg quantity and quality. These include women with: 

  • Premature ovarian failure;
  • Poor response to ovarian stimulation;
  • Poor egg quality;
  • Low antral follicle counts on ultrasounds;
  • High day 3 follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels; and/or
  • Advanced age.

Donors have a long list of requirements that they must meet before they are eligible. Females must be between the ages of 21 and 29 and be a U.S. citizen or have the legal right to work in the U.S. There are many health qualifications that must be met. The women must have a healthy BMI, no reproductive abnormalities, two ovaries, an excellent family health history, not be using any form of birth control and be a non-smoker/drug user. The woman must also have some form of college or trade/vocational certification.


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Jonathan Sporn, a 54 year-old pharmaceuticals executive, and his partner Leann Leutner, a lawyer, were living together in New York City when they decided to start a family. They sought the assistance of an anonymous sperm donor, and last July, Leutner gave birth to a healthy boy.

In December, Leutner took the baby and moved to New Jersey. Tragically, on New Year’s Day, Leutner, who had struggled with postpartum depression, committed suicide. The New York Times has reported that there had been previous attempts to take her own life and a long history of psychological difficulty made worse by the postpartum depression.

3.27.13.Kerry. Taub .DivBut because of the couple’s unmarried status, Child Protective Services didn’t recognize Sporn as the baby’s father and placed the baby in foster care. Sporn has filed a petition for custody of the baby, as has Leutner’s sister, who lives in Illinois. The court has deemed that both homes are appropriate for the baby, and yet he is still in a New York City foster home until the court decides who should have custody.

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