As an egg or sperm donor, you can help another family finally make their dreams of parenthood come true. But before proceeding, it is important to consider whether you are a good candidate to safely and successfully help a family through sperm or egg donation — and it is also important to ensure that you understand your legal rights and are treated fairly throughout the process.
If you are considering becoming a sperm or egg donor in Pennsylvania, Bierly & Rabuck can provide the information, services and support you need to ensure you are legally protected throughout the process. Here, learn more about important legal considerations for donors in Pennsylvania.
Legal Considerations for Egg Donors
Egg donors and recipients should always enter into a legal donor contract prior to beginning medical procedures. It is important for every prospective egg donor to work with her own attorney to review this contract to ensure her interests are being represented.
When a woman becomes an egg donor, she accepts money to go through a medical process to harvest her eggs. There are several risks associated with this procedure and with the fertility medications she will be prescribed. Ensuring that she is being fairly compensated for these risks, and that all of her associated expenses will be paid, is critical.
It is also important to ensure that the egg donor understands her rights and role in this process, as well as her relationship to and rights regarding the resulting child. All of this information and more should be included in the donor agreement.
When you are ready to begin the process to become an egg donor in Pennsylvania, Bierly & Rabuck can work with you to provide the legal representation, information and support you need.
Legal Considerations for Sperm Donors
Similarly, a legal contract should always be in place before a man makes any sort of sperm donation. Having a written agreement in place helps protect the sperm donor from any legal obligations to the resulting child.
In Pennsylvania, a man who donates sperm without a written agreement is considered a legal father and will be obligated to financially support the resulting child. Bierly & Rabuck can provide the legal representation you need as a sperm donor to ensure your contract protects you from this vulnerability.
Legal Considerations for Recipients
Whether you are using donor gametes for surrogacy or to carry a pregnancy yourself, it is important to always work with an experienced attorney to ensure your rights and your future children are protected.
The donor contract is typically drafted by the recipients’ attorney and reviewed by the donor’s attorney. The attorneys of Bierly & Rabuck are experienced in drafting Pennsylvania donor agreements and can provide the legal representation you need to draft and negotiate this contract. If Bierly & Rabuck is representing you, your donor will be referred to his or her own independent legal counsel.
Through sperm and egg donation, individuals can give an incredible gift to hopeful parents who are ready to build their families. However, there are a number of legal, medical and social factors to consider before beginning this process. To learn more about donor agreements, sperm and egg donation in Pennsylvania, please contact Bierly & Rabuck to schedule a consultation.