I thought it might be helpful to have an open thread where I can respond publicly to any legal questions you might have. I will continue to answer your questions privately via email or telephonically; however some people have expressed discomfort in identifying themselves. Given that the internet allows a modicum of anonymity, I’ve decided to also take questions today on the blog. So feel free to pose any questions you might have through our comment section and the use of a pseudonym.
I also wanted to take a moment to address an issue raised by a commenter in another thread. The services my firm and I are providing are all being done on a pro bono basis. We are not and will not accept payment for this assistance. Further, we will not be accepting any referral fees from any attorney, agency or other professional that we provide as a potential resource to help you recover from this scandal. This is simply our way of trying to help those that have been victimized.
I completely appreciate why many of the victims are distrustful and cynical of this industry. It is precisely for this reason that so many professionals are stepping forward to offer their assistance. There are thousands of honest and ethical professionals that have dedicated their careers to help those struggling with infertility realize their dreams of beginning a family. There will be liars and cheats in every field of work and, as recent events attest, the infertility industry is no exception. However, incidents like this one are extremely aberrational and in no way characterizes the industry as a whole.
Please do not let this isolated incident tarnish your view of the industry or deter you from realizing your dreams of a family. There are many resources available to assist you — please take advantage of them.
*** UPDATE *** I apologize to a number of commenters whose comments were not published. WordPress has a spam filter that attempts to catch comments that it believes to be of questionable origin. Unfortunately it ended up withholding a number of comments that should not have been classified as spam. I have now approved those comments. In the future, if you notice that a comment does not appear after hitting the “submit” button, please email me so that I can clear the comment for publication. Sorry again for any inconvenience this might have caused.