What is Assisted Reproductive Technology?

Some people struggle with infertility while others choose alternative ways to start their family.


No matter the scenario, lots of people are now beginning to use and benefit from assisted reproduction technology. But what exactly does the term mean? Assisted reproduction technology or “A.R.T.” is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of medical procedures intended to help people expand their families. These procedures can include traditional and gestational surrogacy, sperm and egg donation, embryo donation, embryo cryo-preservation, and in vitro fertilization (I.V.F.).


Thankfully, medical technology is continuously improving and allowing the modern family to create their future by offering many different options. As scientists continue to learn more and more about fertility, more and more people are taking advantage of alternate methods to growing their families.


It is important to consider the legal rights and protections of people using assisted reproduction technology, as they often vary from state to state. The law often requires that specific factors and tests are used in order to determine parentage and the rights of surrogates and donors.


Assisted reproduction technology also comes with complex rules and regulations that tend to raise lots of legal questions. Let’s use sperm or egg donation as an example: If you or your surrogate were to attempt to get pregnant through a sperm or egg donation from someone that you actually know personally, you will need to enter into a detailed agreement regarding parentage and other factors that must be considered.


These important legal implications of A.R.T. and Surrogacy are why it’s so important to speak with an experienced family law attorney who can help you meet the necessary requirements and ensure that you’re making the best decisions for you and your growing family.


If you’re ready to take the next step in shaping the future of your family through Assisted Reproduction Technology, schedule your consultation with the Douglas Family Law Group today. You can reach us at info@douglaslaw.com or by phone at (914) 615-9058. Our mission is to protect what’s most important to you.




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