Parental rights & responsibilities

As any children that are born of your donated eggs will have your genetic material, it is important to address the issue of parental rights and responsibilities in your legal contract.  It is advisable to hire a lawyer if you have questions about the legal contract or if you feel that your best interests are not being considered or covered in the legal agreement.

Questions to ask:

What are my responsibilities after my eggs have been retrieved?

According to the ASRM, women who choose to donate their eggs should be informed that their donation will sever all legal rights and duties to rear or have contact with any resulting children.

If for some reason after egg retrieval your health/medical information has changed, the Ethics Committee for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) encourages donors to provide medical updates if they learn about serious genetic or other conditions that are pertinent to the potential offspring’s health.

Consideration: Responsibility for children resulting from your egg donation

Once your eggs are retrieved, you have no control over what happens to them and you bear no responsibility for the outcome of the pregnancy or the research. Any documents you sign should make it clear that the recipient is legally and financially responsible for any children that result, no matter what their condition.

Ask to see the documents that the intended parent(s) will sign, as well.

Do I have any parental rights?

Once your eggs are retrieved, you have no legal rights to the eggs produced.  This should be outlined in the egg donation contract between you and the intended parent(s) and/or you and the agency that you signed before beginning the procedure. This contract may also include several levels of privacy that you agreed to that may or may not allow future offspring to obtain information about you, or you about them.