What are the Legal Aspects of Egg Donation
What are the legal aspects of egg donation? In the United States, it is legal for a woman to donate eggs non-identified or not. It is also legal to receive financial compensation for donating eggs.
With the legal aspects surrounding egg donation, it is important for our team at PureOvum to stay up to date on the routine part of modern fertility treatment and give you the resources you need to feel confident throughout the process.
A legal contract is standard practice that is not only beneficial for you, the intended parent, but also the egg donor. Couples consider egg donation should always consult with an attorney who can advise them of how to best protect the rights of both themselves and their future children.
The medical consent forms signed at any clinic are an important part of the process, as they address issues directly related to the medical treatment such as procedures, benefits, risks and alternatives. It is important to ensure that the consent forms you are signing meet the exact requirements of the law for your journey so they will have a positive impact on the legal establishment of parental rights.
Why are Egg Donation Contracts Important?
Legal agreements for egg donation are an important part of protecting the legal rights of all parties because they memorialize the parties’ intentions at the time of the donation. Additionally, donor agreements establish important obligations on the part of all parties.
Once intended parents have successfully grown their family using egg donation, options are available for the disposition of any remaining frozen embryos, including discarding them, donating them to another couple, or donating them to research. It is a complex legal structure that should be carefully considered and discussed with an attorney.
There are many different types of egg donation arrangements, including known donor, non-identified donor arrangements where the clinic facilitates the match, anonymous donors matched through an independent agency, shared cycles where one donor’s eggs are divided among several recipients, and frozen donor arrangements.
Different alternatives will have unique legal implications with regards to legal parentage, future confidentiality and contact, and the use of any remaining embryos.