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Scientists Create 1st Genetically Modified Human Embryo

I Spent Fifteen Thousand Pounds For A Baby Girl

It sounds like something straight from a sci-fi film, but scientists have actually created the first genetically modified human embryo.

 

For the first time in history, a team of researchers have successfully edited the genes of a human embryo. The researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou reportedly used the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to knock a gene called HBB, which causes the fatal blood disorder ß-thalassaemia, out of donor embryos. This marks the first time that the CRISPR technique has been employed on an embryonic human genome. The CRISPR/Cas9 method utilizes a complex enzyme (aka a set of “genetic scissors”) to snip out and replace faulty gene segments with functional bits of DNA. The technique is well-studied in adult cells, but very little published research has been done using embryonics. And it’s the latter application that has bioethicists up in arms.

On one hand, advocates for genetic modification argue that it could lead to medical techniques that eliminate devastating genetic disorders like Parkinson’s, Down syndrome or Sickle-Cell Anemia before a person is even born. On the other hand, critics warn that tinkering with the blueprints of life to prenatally destroy disease could lead to unintended genetic consequences that are even worse than whatever disease we’re trying to cure.

Then there’s also a whole other argument as to whether this technique crosses ethical boundaries. “We are humans, not transgenic rats,” Edward Lanphier, president of Sangamo and chairman of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, recently wrote in a Nature op-ed. “We believe there is a fundamental ethical issue in crossing the boundary to modifying the human germ line.”

Still, the potential for future misuse has rarely slowed the development of a new technology — just look at the automobile, assault rifle or atom bomb. According to the Sun Yat-sen research team, they eventually called off the study, not because they created genetic monstrosities, but because the technique failed so often. Out of the 86 total embryos utilized in the study, 71 survived the initial CRISPR snips, only 28 successfully spliced in the new DNA and a small fraction of those splices actually generated a functional protein. “If you want to do it in normal embryos, you need to be close to 100 percent,” lead researcher Junjiu Huang told Nature. “That’s why we stopped. We still think it’s too immature.” The researchers published their findings in a recent issue of the journal Protein & Cell.

A Rising Trend: Pregnant Women Over 50

Anna raunigk- older mom

Couples are having children later in life, thanks to in vitro fertilization or IVF.

 

Recently it hit the news that 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk, a mother of 13 children, is now pregnant with quadruplets. This summer, Raunigk could possibly be the oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, a title that is quite close to the oldest woman to give birth, Rajo Devi, an Indian woman who gave birth at the age of 70. In comparison, the oldest man to father a child was 96-year-old Ramajit Raghav of India. Although it may seem like Raunigk’s and Devi’s pregnancies are uncommon, you might be surprised to discover that there is a rising trend of women over the age of 50 getting pregnant and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

In 2013, there were 677 births to women over the age of 50 in America—that’s 13 births a week. There were 600 births in 2012. This phenomena is not just occurring in the U.S. but in other countries like Great Britain where the birth rate for women 50 and over doubled from 2008 to 2012. For a better understanding of this trend, let’s break it down below.

How?

Probably the first question that comes to mind when thinking about women over the age of 50 bearing children is how they get pregnant. It’s common knowledge that many women go through menopause during their 50’s, a process that hinders a woman’s ability to get pregnant. That’s where in vitro fertilization, or IVF, comes in. The first woman to give birth through in vitro fertilization was in 1978 in England and the process has only continued to improve.

In vitro fertilization does come with risks for women over 50 such as multiple pregnancies, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, premature birth, having a child with chromosome abnormalities, and miscarriages. A majority of women over 50 who use IVF are implanted with donor eggs which lowers the risk for side effects like chromosome abnormalities while others use eggs that they froze when they were younger. Many of these risks have caused fertility clinics to deny women over 50 from using their services although some studies have found that many women over the age of 50 have the same health risks as those that are younger and should be fine as long as they are properly cared for.

Who?

What kind of woman gets pregnant over the age of 50? First and foremost, they are all very healthy individuals. Some are first time mothers, same-sex couples, women who decided to focus on their careers, or women in second marriages. One thing is for certain, at least for women who use IVF, they are in financially sound places in their lives since a single IVF attempt with egg donation can cost anywhere between $25,000-$30,000 and most insurances do not cover this cost.

Why?

The trend of women deciding to get pregnant in their fifties or older has brought up many ethical and moral questions. Many of the following concerns arise when considering the topic of men and women over the age of 50 becoming parents:

  • Will they be able to handle the stamina needed to raise a child?
  • Will the child be embarrassed of or be able to relate to parents over the age of fifty?
  • Do the parents run the risk of passing away early or burdening a young child with medical conditions associated with age?
  • Why don’t these parents choose adoption?

Even though these questions arise, it hasn’t seemed to stop women who are fifty or close to fifty from getting pregnant. Take singer Sophie B. Hawkins, fifty years old and pregnant. Celebrities like Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Preston (John Travolta’s wife), and Susan Sarandon were pregnant in their mid-forties (ages 45-47) which isn’t too far off from 50.

Although many won’t agree based off moral or ethical concerns, the argument in favor of women giving birth over fifty is that, “People should be able to make their own decisions and deserve the right to have biological children and pursue their own happiness.” Others comment that more women and men over the age of fifty are raising their grandchildren and doing so successfully.

The role of women in society was once limited, first, as wives and child bearers. Within the last century, women were given the opportunity to pursue careers and decide if they wanted to become wives or bear children and if so, at later ages if they wished. It seems that the ability to get pregnant over the age of fifty is just another option for women, an option that gives women more control over their reproductive health and because of this trend families are growing more diverse. Modern families no longer look the way that they once did and there is something inherently beautiful in that fact.

Sherri Shepherd Ruled Legal Mother of Baby Born via Surrogate

Sherri Shepherd Ruled Legal Mother of Baby Born via Surrogate

There has finally been a ruling in the ongoing legal battle between Sherrie Shepherd and her ex-husband.
After months of battling her ex-husband in court over financial responsibility for their baby born via surrogate last August, Sherri Shepherd is now officially listed as the mother of the 8-month-old.

“It’s bittersweet,” Lamar Sally told PEOPLE outside the courtroom on Tuesday.

“I’m glad it’s over, but I feel sad what it had to come to. Now I can go back to L.A. and tend to my son.”

Since the birth of Lamar Sally Jr., the formerly married pair had been locked in a legal battle after Sally said the couple had agreed to pursue surrogacy before Shepherd had a drastic change of heart months into the surrogate’s pregnancy.

“There was some additional evidence put on the record involving some video clips involving Ms. Shepherd,” Craig Bluestein, a legal representative for the baby, told PEOPLE of the judge’s decision to hold Shepherd responsible.

Bluestein cited a clip of Shepherd “expressing excitement over her and Lamar going to have a baby through the help of a surrogate carrier with no genetic connection.”

While Shepherd did not appear in court and her lawyers declined to comment, Sally’s legal team left satisfied.

“I feel very good,” said Bluestein. “I think little LJ, who is not yet 1 year old, needed some protection. Justice was served today.”

DNA on Ice: The Next Step in Women’s Equality

In this article Kyra Phillips discusses what advancements in cryo-preservation of eggs means for women’s rights.

CNN anchors get personal about fertility

 There was a time not so long ago when my career would not have been possible. It’s hard to imagine it now, but even a few decades ago, journalism was very much a man’s world.

The National Press Club didn’t allow women to become members until 1971, when Helen Thomas successfully gained admission and eventually became its first female president. Cokie Roberts remembers applying for journalism jobs and consistently hearing that no women were allowed.

I was among the expanded group of women to break into the broadcast business in the 1980s, competing against an ol’ boys’ club almost entirely consisting of white men.

To keep my job, I knew I’d have to work harder than most men. I was willing to sacrifice almost anything for my professional success. I wanted to rule broadcast journalism, and so I broke a lot of hearts and turned down marriage proposals because I couldn’t let a relationship interfere with my career path. I certainly wasn’t about to let motherhood creep in, either.

It’s not that I didn’t want those things; I very much did. It’s just that I knew what my goals were and what a competitive field I was in. When colleagues of mine asked to leave early to pick up their children, I thought, “What are you doing?! You’re blowing it!”

I enjoyed my wild, exciting life. CNN sent me all over the world on a moment’s notice to cover fascinating things: a month in Antarctica where I got to build an igloo and rappel down glaciers, a tour of Iraq as an embedded journalist on the USS Abraham Lincoln, riding in an F-14 Tomcat during a combat training mission over the Persian Gulf. Things I couldn’t do with a diaper bag over my shoulder.

Imagine my surprise, then, when the baby pangs arrived. A little late, and a little unfortunately timed as I was freshly divorced. I suddenly realized that I wanted something more in my life. So I did the most reasonable thing I could think of: I asked my closest gay friend for his sperm.

It hadn’t occurred to me that fertility treatments don’t always work or that I should have been doing something to prepare for this possibility sooner. Women whose eggs are older make embryos that are more likely to be chromosomally abnormal, and that can mean no pregnancy at all, miscarriage or birth defects.

So, what is a woman to do?

Even just a few years ago, egg freezing was a fringe procedure — something few women did, partly because it was still considered experimental. But it isn’t anymore. There have been huge advances in egg freezing, and now frozen eggs are almost as viable as fresh ones as long as the fertility specialist knows what he or she is doing.

The procedure is pretty straightforward. Some of your eggs are removed from your ovaries and stored in liquid nitrogen. There they’ll stay, in blissful suspended animation.

If you’re not ready to have a baby in your 20s, or early- to mid-30s, harvesting and freezing your eggs is a great option for women who want to postpone motherhood. The same goes for many women who have cancer and are at risk for losing their fertility from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Without realizing it, I had put myself at a disadvantage by waiting so long. But lucky for me, science marched forward with progress.

The history that is being written now is about an entirely different type of women’s equality — it’s about giving a woman the ability to put her DNA on ice, stop that biological clock from ticking and avoid rushing into pregnancy because of the body’s aging process.

This helps to level the playing field at the workplace. Women can delay childbirth and no longer have to say “no” to that promotion. They don’t have to marry the first fraudulent Prince Charming that comes around in the hopes of getting pregnant before their eggs are covered in cobwebs.

A woman can be just as competitive as the man who is gunning for that job, raise, position of power or bonus while not having to take a potentially career-hobbling detour onto the Mommy Track.

After my husband and I had our twins, I understood that overwhelming love that parents talk about, and I’m so thankful I didn’t miss that opportunity. Along with my fertility doctor, I wrote “The Whole Life Fertility Plan” to empower women and show them there are things you can do now at all ages to preserve your fertility, egg freezing being one of those ways.

It should be noted that the average cost of egg freezing is about $10,000. Annual storage is around $1000 with the first year usually free. When the eggs are used, there are additional costs involved. The good news is that more and more companies now pay for it, including Citigroup, Apple, JP Morgan Chase and Facebook. Some parents even give it to their daughters as a birthday or graduation gift.

This is feminism at its finest, standing up for equality — and delayed pregnancy. I just bet you that if June Cleaver, Lucille Ball and Margaret Anderson had a shot at freezing their eggs, Ward, Desi and Jim would have had to make their own gin gimlets and meatloaf because the women would have been working on their careers.

New Britain Judge Creates New Pathway to Parenthood for Mother in Same- Sex Relationship

A woman wins a custody battle based on “marital presumption.”

There are a number of ways to legally become a parent in Connecticut: natural conception, adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy contracts.

Well, now there’s another way after a court gave custody to Lauren Barse following her divorce.

In 2008 Barse’s same-sex spouse, Krista Pasternak, gave birth to a son via an anonymous sperm donor. The two ended up filing for divorce in August 2012, and Barse won an emergency ex parte order for custody of their son. An ex parte custody order is made when there is an immediate and present threat to the child if he or she remains in the other parent’s custody.

However, after Barse won sole custody,  Pasternak fought that Barse had no right to be the legal parent of their six-year-old son because she isn’t genetically related to him and never complied with the other legal methods, such as adoption, to becoming his legal mother.

The fact that Barse won custody is now considered a new route to parenthood that didn’t previously exist in Connecticut case law.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Lisa Kelly Morgan ruled that Barse is the legal parent of the boy despite the absence of biology or adoption because there is a “marital presumption” that she is related to the child that was born during her marriage to Pasternak.

In heterosexual marriages, if a child is born during the marriage, then the husband of the mother is presumed, legally, to be the father. In a third of states this presumption is absolute, though in many states, including Connecticut, a genetic test that proves another man has a 99 percent probability of being the child’s father can void the presumption.

In this case, of course, there is no possibility that the child is genetically related to Barse. However, according to The Connecticut Law Tribune, Morgan wrote in her opinion that the child’s legitimacy and Barse’s parenthood over him were important enough to ignore technicalities regarding marital presumption. She wrote that Barse “is presumed to be the minor child’s legal parent irrespective of whether she conceived or adopted the child, complied with the artificial insemination statutes, or entered into a valid gestational agreement, and the child therefore is presumed to be legitimate.”

Morgan also held that due to changing societal views regarding same-sex marriage, and the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in the state of Connecticut, married same-sex couples should be viewed the same in the eyes of the court as heterosexual couples. Therefore, if there is a marriage presumption that a husband is the father of a wife’s child, the same should be held true for two wives.

“The legal presumption that a child born in wedlock is the legitimate child of the mother and the mother’s spouse extends to same-sex couples, even if a party did not conceive or adopt the child and did not comply with artificial insemination statutes,” Morgan wrote in her decision.

Two Dads Looking to Adopt Make Parody Video

Joe and Joey have created this wonderful video for their future baby.

A Dead Soldier’s Infinite Potential

Judge rules that parents of a deceased soldier can use his sperm, extracted after death, to impregnate a stranger, over his widow’s objections in order to have grandchildren.

Here are the core facts of the case: In 2005 an IDF combat reservist in his 20’s was killed in a military training accident. With the approval of his young widow, hours after the reservist’s death the IDF preserved 19 test tubes of his sperm. At the time of his death, the reservist had been married four months; he had no known children nor was his wife pregnant. Subsequently, his widow re-married and today she has children from that subsequent marriage.

Significantly, the viability of the sperm is uncertain as it was extracted hours after the soldier’s death and never put to the test.

At issue is the fact that now, ten years after his death, the parents of the deceased combat veteran want to deploy the sperm – with a woman to be selected – to bring forth a child for their deceased son; however, their son’s widow and the State have objected to the idea on a variety of grounds. Observers can easily understand the grandparents’ desire to have their deceased son’s legacy live on through a child; indeed, the words of Judge Miriam Kraus beautifully convey that sentiment, when she ruled on behalf of the parents of the soldier “The deceased’s human desire to leave a child to carry on his name cries out from the circumstances of this case.”

The reservist’s widow stated that she will appeal this ruling but has not yet done so. Her opposition to the ruling is based, in part, on the claim that the unique circumstances under which her late husband might now sire a child fall outside of any social convention or framework.

The moral ambiguities are evident in this fascinating case, which has captivated me…not only on a human level but on a metaphysical level. Amicus curiae is the Latin legal term for a Friend of the Court brief to the presiding judge. I would like to file a virtual ‘metaphysical’ brief in support of the argument of the parents, based on my theory of the overarching power of potential in energizing and driving the universe.

As the reservist’s parents are his genetic progenitors, their interests align with his ‘posterity-interests.’ However, as the remarried widow now has children of her own, her ‘posterity’ interests no longer align with those of her deceased first husband – who died childless. From the perspective of potential, the parents’ birthing and 20+ year parenting relationship with their son would seem to eclipse the 4-month childless marriage of the now remarried widow, however rich the four months may have been.

Further, while the reservist’s case is a secular one, argued in a secular court, my brief incorporates metaphysical arguments, including some drawn from the Torah itself. As known, the first mitzvah in the Torah is the mitzvah of procreation – Peru U’revu: Be Fruitful and Multiply (Genesis 1:28). Fast forward to Exodus 3:14 at the Burning Bush saga where the Divine self-identifies as Eheyeh asher Eheyeh – I Will Be That Which I Will Be. God and Evil, the first volume of my three-volume work Summa Metaphysica, builds upon these two points to make the case that the God of Israel is the God of Potential – with life-potential at the apex.

The overarching theme and proposition of my Potentialism Theory is that it is the force of Infinite Potential that drives the Cosmic Order. Indeed, the raison d’etre of the Cosmic Order is to seek after its optimal potential. Extending the potential of the human genetic chain is a prime cosmic potential; this power trumps the lack of a current established framework to handle the specific situation at-hand, which is the position argued by the reservist’s widow and the State.

Judge Miriam Kraus’ verdict is closely aligned with my treatise: it is Infinite Potential that animates the universe. Therefore, the projection of Infinite Potential takes precedence in this case.

The possibility of extending the (currently childless) combat reservist’s potential onward – and potentially infinitely – trumps the unknowns and uncertainties of this Brave New World situation. There is no rule book here. The loving parents are to be entrusted to optimize the launch of this extraordinary endeavor as best they can. Hopefully, the possibilities of life and love will prevail over the potential challenges faced by a child born through this extraordinary circumstance.

In a moral quandary such as this one, potential trumps clarity.

Indeed that was the Divine gamble in Creation itself.

“Things Fall Apart”: A Memoir By Hilary Neiman About A Reproductive Law Attorney Who Went To Jail

Hilary Neiman, the Maryland attorney who plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in her connection with the international baby selling ring, has written a book.

Amazon provides the following description:

Early one morning in 2011, Hilary Neiman was hard at work in the offices of her own successful adoption and surrogacy practice, when three agents of the FBI entered without warning, read her Miranda rights, and informed her, “This is your Come to Jesus day.” How does one go from being raised in a loving, ethical family and earning an advanced education, including in the law, to being accused in the headlines of joining a baby-selling, human trafficking ring? Eventually, Hilary would plead guilty, but not to baby-selling. She would forfeit her license to practice law, and spend five months in the Atwood Minimum Security Camp in Lexington, Kentucky. Things Fall Apart is the story of a young woman with nothing but the promise of a fulfilled life ahead of her, whose childhood dream turned into a nightmare.

You can read more about the international baby selling ring in our links below:

International Baby Selling Ring Broken; San Diego Attorney Pleads Guilty

The Los Angeles Times Takes A Closer Look At The International Baby Trafficking Ring

Moving Forward In The Aftermath Of The Baby Selling Ring

More Insight On How The Baby Trafficking Ring Unraveled

Wiretap Recordings Released From International Baby Selling Ring Investigation

Canadian Fertility Consultants Raid Linked To American Baby Mill Scandal

 

Indefensible Decision: No Murder Charge for Suspect Who Cut Out a Pregnant Woman’s Baby

The decision by the prosecutor not to file murder charges against Dynel Lane is indefensible and a miscarriage of justice. Three of my children were born in the 8th month of pregnancy. All three left the hospital the next day. Simply defies logic and basic understanding of pregnancy to even suggest that a baby 32+ weeks is not viable. The prosecutor needs to answer for this mystifying decision:

A former nurse’s aide will not face murder charges for allegedly cutting and removing an unborn baby from the mother’s womb, Boulder County, Colorado, prosecutor Stanley Garnett said Thursday.

The mother, Michelle Wilkins, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes on March 18.

When she arrived at the purported seller’s home in Longmont, she was attacked, beaten, cut open and her fetus was removed. The baby did not survive.

Wilkins was treated at a hospital and later released.

The alleged attacker, Dynel Lane, 34, is being held on a $2 million bond.

Viable life

After the attack, prosecutors said it may be hard to muster a murder charge. Colorado state law does not recognize a fetus as a person, unless it is capable of surviving for a period of time outside the womb, a prosecutor said then.

But the extent of the period that the fetus must survive in order to be defined as a baby is not legally clear.

Lane’s husband, David Ridley, told police he found the baby on the day of the attack in a bathtub taking a breath.

Donor Agencies Likely to Face Restrictions on Handling Client Trust Funds

Egg donor agencies are up next. A new proposed law will now significantly change how California egg donor agencies handle client trust funds. Well more specifically, the law will make clear that egg donor agencies must play by the same rules as surrogate agencies with regards to client trust funds. Under current California law, enacted in 2010, surrogacy agencies are prohibited from managing and dispersing client trust funds. More specifically, Family code §7961 requires non-attorney surrogacy facilitators deposit client funds into either:

1) An independent, bonded escrow depository maintained by a licensed, independent, bonded escrow company; or
2) A trust account maintained by an attorney.

The term “surrogacy facilitators” was further defined and included to §7960 as follows:

(e) “Surrogacy facilitator” means a person or organization that engages in either of the following activities:
1) Advertising for the purpose of soliciting parties to an assisted reproduction agreement or acting as an intermediary between the parties to an assisted reproduction agreement.
2) Charging a fee or other valuable consideration for services rendered relating to an assisted reproduction agreement.

This definition on its face could arguably be interpreted to include all assisted reproduction related agencies, not just surrogate agencies. The plain language of the definition refers to parties engaging in activities related to assisted reproduction instead of specifically surrogacy. So were egg donor agencies prohibited from holding client trust funds since 2010? That can definitely go both ways. Ultimately, the term “surrogacy facilitator” was defined, so the reference to an assisted reproduction agreement could have likely and more realistically been in the context of a surrogacy arrangement. It really falls back to the legislative intent.

However, proposed AB1049 solves any misconceptions. This new proposed law, introduced on February 26, 2015, will specifically include egg donor facilitators under §7961. If such bill is passed, it will be very clear that egg donor agencies, just like surrogate agencies, will be required to direct their clients to bonded escrow companies or attorneys to maintain client trust accounts.

Here is the text of what may soon become California Family Code §§7960, 7961:

AB 1049, as introduced, Patterson. Parent and child relationship.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

PART 7. SURROGACY FACILITATORS AND AND
DONOR FACILITATORS, ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AGREEMENTS FOR
GESTATIONAL CARRIERS, AND OOCYTE DONATIONS

SEC. 4. Section 7960 of the Family Code is amended to read:

7960. For purposes of this part, the following terms have the
following meanings:

(a) “Assisted reproduction agreement” has the same meaning as
defined in subdivision (b) of Section 7606.

(b) “Fund management agreement” means the agreement between the
intended parents and the surrogacy or donor facilitator
relating to the fee or other valuable consideration for services
rendered or that will be rendered by the surrogacy or donor
facilitator.

(c) “Intended parent” means an individual, married or unmarried,
who manifests the intent to be legally bound as the parent of a child
resulting from assisted reproduction.

(d) “Nonattorney surrogacy or donor
facilitator” means a surrogacy or donor practitioner who
is not an attorney in good standing licensed to practice law in this
state.

(e) “Surrogacy or donor facilitator” means a person or
organization that engages in either of the following activities:
(1) Advertising for the purpose of soliciting parties to an
assisted reproduction agreement or for the donation of oocytes
for use by a person other than the provider of the oocytes, or
acting as an intermediary between the parties to an assisted
reproduction agreement. agreement or oocyte
donation.
(2) Charging a fee or other valuable consideration for services
rendered relating to an assisted reproduction agreement.
agreement or oocyte donation.

(f) “Surrogate” means a woman who bears and carries a child for
another through medically assisted reproduction and pursuant to a
written agreement, as set forth in Sections 7606 and 7962. Within the
definition of surrogate are two different and distinct types:
(1) “Traditional surrogate” means a woman who agrees to gestate an
embryo, in which the woman is the gamete donor and the embryo was
created using the sperm of the intended father or a donor arranged by
the intended parent or parents.
(2) “Gestational carrier” means a woman who is not an intended
parent and who agrees to gestate an embryo that is genetically
unrelated to her pursuant to an assisted reproduction agreement.

(g) “Donor” means a woman who provides her oocytes for use by
another for the purpose of assisting the recipient of the oocytes in
having a child or children of her own.

SEC. 5. Section 7961 of the Family Code is amended to read:

7961. (a) A nonattorney surrogacy or donor facilitator
shall direct the client to deposit all client funds into either of
the following:
(1) An independent, bonded escrow depository maintained by a
licensed, independent, bonded escrow company.
(2) A trust account maintained by an attorney.

(b) For purposes of this section, a nonattorney surrogacy or
donor facilitator may not have a financial interest in any
escrow company holding client funds. A nonattorney surrogacy or
donor facilitator and any of its directors or employees shall
not be an agent of any escrow company holding client funds.

(c) Client funds may only be disbursed by the attorney or escrow
agent as set forth in the assisted reproduction agreement and fund
management agreement.

(d) This section shall not apply to funds that are both of the
following:
(1) Not provided for in the fund management agreement.
(2) Paid directly to a medical doctor for medical services or a
psychologist for psychological services.

We anticipate a vote on this new statute later this month and expect it to pass rather easily. If you operate a donor program, please feel free to contact us on how you can be compliant with this new law should it go in effect.

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