The Basics of Assisted Reproductive Technology Law
1 hour 5 minutes
Understand the legal processes involved with different forms of collaborative reproduction for same-sex and different-sex couples.
An estimated 15% of different-sex couples and 100% of same-sex couples are unable to conceive the old-fashioned way. As society becomes more progressive, different-sex couples have more options to conceive if they are unable to do so without intervention and same-sex couples are increasingly vocal and active about their desire to have children. Enter collaborative reproduction. The advent of medical technology allowing gamete donation, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, and gestational surrogacy has opened a myriad of options. The legal issues that can arise with collaborative reproduction are numerous and technical. This course will introduce you to some basics of practice in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology law, teach you terms, and identify thorny issues that can arise in drafting agreements and establishing parentage. While these matters vary widely by state, there are basics that any lawyer must understand when delving into this practice or even while working with individuals or couples in estate planning, dissolution, or immigration matters when there has been the use of reproductive technology.