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Birmingham Assisted Reproductive Technology Lawyers
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Little is as frustrating or heartbreaking for couples as the inability to conceive and have children. Many couples struggle for years to create a family with little success. These efforts often involve extended periods of time without achieving conception or, when the woman achieves pregnancies, they consistently end in miscarriages. These years of effort often take an emotional toll on couples that can include depression, anxiety, and hopelessness.
Enter assisted reproductive technology (ART) which has developed various medical interventions over the past few decades as a solution to infertility. These technologies do not come without a high cost, however. For those seeking ART as a means to a healthy and successful pregnancy, protecting your family during and after the birth of your child is paramount. After such a huge financial investment, you will want to ensure that your family is safe from legal challenges that could follow.
At Magic City Law, LLC, our team is here to give you the legal protections you may need that are associated with ART. One of our own attorneys has experienced the pain of infertility as well as how it can be solved through ART. We understand the complex legal issues surrounding ART and can provide critical guidance to help you understand your rights and take the necessary steps to safeguard them with legal action.
Learn how our Birmingham assisted reproductive technology attorneys can ensure your new family is legally protected during pregnancy and after the birth of your child. Contact Magic City Law, LLC via our website or at (205) 509-4766 to book a consultation.
What Is Assisted Reproductive Technology?
Assisted reproductive technologies are expensive and time-consuming. They involve high-tech procedures, constant lab testing, and medical oversight. They can involve:
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intrafallopian transfer in which eggs/sperm are surgically placed in the woman’s body
- Frozen embryo transfers
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection that injects sperm into eggs
- Third-party ART that uses surrogates or gestational carriers
These procedures involve the manipulation of eggs and sperm to create fertilization that will lead to pregnancy. In vitro fertilization is one of the most common ART procedures where eggs are removed from the woman’s ovaries and then combined with sperm to create embryos. These embryos are then implanted back into the woman’s body.
However, this procedure can involve the use of donor eggs as well as donor sperm or frozen embryos. The process can also include the use of a surrogate mother or a gestational carrier who carries and delivers the baby. Traditional surrogate mothers are women whose own eggs are used with artificial insemination of sperm from the intended father. This type of surrogacy has become rare. Gestational carriers or surrogates have no biological connection to the baby; these types of surrogacies have fewer risks of legal problems and thus are more common.
Legal Issues Related to ART
For many, the high medical costs of ART are worth it to conceive a child who will become part of your biological family. However, it is equally important to ensure that your child is made part of your family on a legal basis as well.
Without specific legal protections, you could face such challenges as:
- Disputes with the donors
- Disputes with gestational carriers
- Lawsuits seeking damages filed by a gestational carrier
- Custody disputes
- Disputes over medical treatment
- Disputes involving insurance
- And more
To avoid the stress and expense of such conflict, you need to ensure that you have protections in place, such as detailed and valid surrogacy agreements. Get the help you need for this complex area of law by contacting us at (205) 509-4766 today.