Some NJ Surrogate Kids Born Motherless
Ruling Deals With Babies From Anonymous Egg Donors
GIBBSBORO, N.J. - There's a baby in New Jersey with no legal mother. The spot for a mother on his birth certificate has been left blank.
How is this possible? Reproductive science has just gotten ahead of the law, Fox 29's Karen Hepp reported.
This is a boy who came to life by an egg from an anonymous donor and was carried by a surrogate mom.
A New Jersey appeals court has just ruled the intended mom must adopt the boy as a stepparent and, until she does, she has no legal standing. She's not his mom. In fact, he's got none at all – not the egg donor, not the surrogate, and not her.
Every other baby born under these circumstances will also have no mother, according to their birth certificates and the law. read more
I saw this story last night on the news and the reporter at the end of the report said that along this same sort of situation that sperm donors in the past have had to pay for child support for children that were conceived when their sperm was used.
This ruling is screwed up in so many ways and is going to end up in the Supreme Court in a few years. There will also be a lot of ramifications to this as well for donors and surrogates and the children that are born.
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