Intended Parents considering using an Egg Donor should first consult with an experienced Third-Party Reproductive Attorney. Advice from an attorney is important for protecting the rights of the Intended Parents and their future children.
- Do Not Rely on Medical Consent Forms to Establish Parental Rights
- Have a Written Agreement with the Egg Donor
- Have a Plan in Place for Future Contact with an Anonymous Egg Donor
- The Donor is Not Selling Her Eggs
- The Donor’s Spouse or Partner Should be Included in the Process
Legal Ramifications of Different Egg Donation Options
There are many different types of Egg Donation arrangements available including known donor matches, anonymous donor arrangements (in which the clinic facilitates the match), anonymous donors matched through an independent agency, shared cycles in which one donor’s eggs are divided among several recipients, double donor cycles with resulting embryos split among several recipients, frozen egg bank arrangements, and foreign egg donation cycles, to name just a few. Different options will have different legal ramifications with regard to future confidentiality and contact, as well as the use of any remaining embryos.