Frozen Embryos, Surrogate Motherhood, Other Reproductive Methods Raise Legal Issues, Experts Say
CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2011—“Is She Just Too Old for This?” That’s the recent headline on a New York magazine cover, which features a photo of a discreetly nude, very pregnant 50-something gray-haired woman. To enable older or infertile parents to have children, doctors use ART—or assisted reproductive technology. ART is not only a growing medical phenomenon, but also a growing legal minefield.
The nation’s leading ART legal experts are active in the American Bar Association Family Law Section. They are meeting Oct. 27-29 in Las Vegas, Nev., for the section’s legal education conference, which is emphasizing the legal aspects of assisted reproductive technology.
These experts are always available for interpretation and comment for breaking news and features on the crazy-quilt of laws and regulations involving surrogate mothers, egg and sperm donation, implanted and frozen embryos, and related issues.
Legal ART experts available for comment include:
- Steven Snyder, chairman of the ABA Family Law Section’s Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee. He is a principal with Steven H. Snyder & Associates in Maple Grove, Minn.
- Charles P. Kindregan Jr., a law professor at Suffolk University. He is co-author of the ABA’s Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Lawyer’s Guide to Emerging Law and Science, 2nd ed. (2011).
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
The ABA Section of Family Law has nearly 10,000 members worldwide. Members serve the field of family law in areas such as adoption, divorce, custody, alternative families and elder law.
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