Legally Speaking


  • Supreme Court, Surrogacy, and Children Born Abroad

    Legally Speaking
    Stories: All Eyes on the Supreme Court; USCIS Expands Definition of “in wedlock” for Children Born Abroad for US Citizenship; US Surrogacy Legislative Updates: Colorado and Wyoming enact new surrogacy laws; Update on the Uniform Parentage Act 2017; Israeli Supreme Court Strikes Down Surrogacy Ban for Gay Men as Discriminatory; France Expands ART Laws, Leaves Surrogacy Ban Unchanged
  • Surrogacy Updates

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    As Legally Speaking went to press, Colorado passed HB21-1022 and the governor signed the bill into law on May 6, 2022. The law creates the "Colorado Surrogacy Agreement Act," which will provide significant legal protections and guidance to gestational surrogacy in that state. A detailed report of that law will appear in a future Legally Speaking column.
  • Sperm Donor Sues Bank Over Sperm Allegedly Withdrawn from Donation

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    Another lawsuit has been filed by a man claiming his sperm was used without his consent. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in California against a sperm bank, is currently in what is called the “pleadings” stage, where after a “motion to dismiss” is filed, the facts are preliminarily accepted as true and the court’s task is to determine whether the alleged facts—if proven—state a legal cause of action so the case can proceed or not. In this case, the court upheld eight, and dismissed two, of the ten alleged legal theories.
  • Legislative Updates and Fertility Fraud Update

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    New York’s long-awaited Child Parent Security Act (CPSA), which allows compensated surrogacy, went into effect February 15, 2021. CPSA law addresses and regulates gestational surrogacy only, not traditional/genetic surrogacy, and expressly allows compensation for gestational surrogates along with multiple required protections.
  • HFEA Changes Surrogacy Rules on Exporting Sperm, Eggs and Embryos from U.K. to U.S.

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    U.K. intended parents who wish to transport their gametes or embryos to clinics in the U.S. to conceive with a gestational carrier will now be able to arrange export much more straightforwardly.
  • California Court Denies Widow Right to Posthumous Reproduction

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    A California Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s ruling that a widow had no right to use her deceased husband’s sperm without an affirmative showing that he intended her to do so.
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