Monday, October 16, 2006

Safety of Egg Donation

Missouri's Nov. 7 ballot on stem-cell research has caused one of its opponents, Vitae Caring Foundation in Jefferson City, to produce an ad of a woman hunched over in pain from recently donating eggs. However, according to experts in the field the ad is greatly exagerated as most woman experience nothing more than bloating and cramping after donating.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Utah Courts Deciding Who Will Raise Anthony

A little boy conceived via surrogacy, and later adopted by Matt and Tony Worthington, now waits for the state Supreme Court to decide who will raise him. Two month's after Anthony's birth, the boy's biological father, Arturo Nuosci, who is a Canadian citizen and was living in the U.S. illegally, was arrested and charged with fraud. The surrogate, Rachel Sullivan, had two children of her own and relinquished her rights to the boy through adoption. Nuosci never relinquished his rights.

In June 2005, 3rd District Judge Bruce Lubeck found the relinquishment Sullivan signed legally flawed. While Utah law makes clear a conviction alone isn't grounds to keep a parent from a child, Lubeck decided he could not terminate the rights of Anthony's parents. Lubeck also dismissed the Worthingtons' adoption petition. But he left Anthony in their care, with control over who would see him. The couple had already ended visits with the boy's relatives, a decision questioned during arguments in the appeal by Justice Michael Wilkins, and attacked by the boy's parents.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hazards of Egg Donation

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine convened a panel of experts to explore the medical and psychological hazards likely to be borne by women participating as egg donors in stem cell research. The findings concluded that while the procedure is invasive, the risks are minimal to egg donors, and those having an embryo implanted following egg donation appear to experience more symptoms. Women who donate their eggs, either for research or to help an infertile couple, do not usually have embryos transferred back into them.

Also, under California law, women donating their eggs for research will receive no fee. This excludes women who donate to couples experiencing infertility. In those cases, women receive $5,000 to $10,000.

Stem Cell Panel Ponders Hazards of Egg Donation

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hope for Freezing Eggs

Unlike sperm, which can be frozen and used with great sucess in assisted reproductive techniques, freezing a woman's eggs has proven to be difficult and the success rates have been very low. Donor eggs for women who can no longer use their own genetic material to have a child and would like to experience pregnancy and childbirth is still the most viable option, but new results released today have shown promise. Six babies have been born as of September 2006 and another baby is due this December.

Surrogacy Agency Owner Scandal

As an attorney who practices in reproductive law, and as the founder and co-owner of a surrogate and egg donation agency, I find it despicable that an agency owner would profit at the expense of grief-stricken clients who are desperate for a child of their own. We recenlty helped a client who was also a victim of fraud and lost $30,000 of his own money. While he will probalby never recieve resitution, I am happy to say that his surrogate is pregnant with his last frozen embryos. Perhaps some of the victims of Ms. Delp will have as happy an ending to their journey to parenthood.