Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all Americans – whether here or overseas! I plan on taking off early today and spending Monday at home with my family.
Well, here are this week’s legal updates. Enjoy!
Los Angeles, CA – New Life Agency Continues to Trial Against Beitler Services in Pursuit of Payments fro Surrogate Maternity Claims – Press Release Here
Colorado – Colorado Gay Couples Ok’d to Adopt – new legislation allows joint adoption of children by unmarried couples. Colorado is now the 10th state in the country to allow such second parent adoptions.
Georgia -The governor has signed and passed the nation’s first embryo adoption bill on May 18th. What do you think of this law and how it will affect those opting for embryo adoption/donation? What about the additional costs?
Massachusetts – Quincy Couple sue Boston Hospital over destroyed embryos – oops! This is not good.
“Destruction of the embryos amounts to gross negligence on the part of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and several members of its staff, the suit filed Thursday in Norfolk County Superior Court contends.
In a statement, the hospital said: ‘‘We are deeply sorry; we informed the couple as soon as we became aware and have apologized to our patient and her husband. We hold ourselves responsible for not ensuring the proper care of our patient’s embryos. We are improving our policies and procedures, adding an increased level of oversight to prevent this from happening again.’’
Julie Norton was diagnosed with rectal-colon cancer in 2001 at age 29, less than a year after the couple married.
The Nortons were told that the surgery and radiation and chemotherapy treatments Julie Norton had to undergo would greatly diminish her ability to have children, according to the suit.
The Nortons consulted with Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg, the director of the hospital’s in vitro fertilization and assisted reproductive technology programs, and decided to harvest some of Norton’s eggs and cryo-preserve them after they were fertilized. ”
Queensland, AU – Altruistic Surrogacy to be decriminalized – this is a move to make it easier for gay and lesbian couples to become parents.
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