A guide to maternal rights in an embryo dispute

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2023 | Child Custody |

An embryo dispute can be a complex issue that can arise in the context of assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In California, mothers need to be aware of their maternal rights to navigate any legal issues.

Right to custody

The genetic mother of an embryo has the right to custody of the embryo in the event of a dispute with the father or a surrogate. This means she has the right to determine whether the embryo will be implanted, stored, or destroyed. In some cases, courts have recognized the right of the genetic mother to control the disposition of the embryos even over the father’s objections.

Right to privacy

The genetic mother has the right to privacy in an embryo dispute. This means that her personal information and medical records cannot be disclosed without her consent.

Right to equal protection

The genetic mother has the right to equal protection under the law, regardless of her marital status. The mother cannot be discriminated against based on her gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Right to informed consent

The genetic mother has the right to informed consent in the context of assisted reproductive technologies. This means that she must be fully informed of the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as any alternatives that may be available.

Challenges in asserting rights

Despite the protections reproductive law offers for maternal rights in embryo disputes, there are still many challenges that a woman may face in asserting these rights. For example, there may be conflicting state laws or interpretations of the law. Furthermore, the interests of the father or surrogate may be at odds with those of the genetic mother, making dispute resolution difficult.

Knowing your maternal rights

Maternal rights in embryo disputes are complex and nuanced issues that can have far-reaching implications for all parties involved. If you are facing an embryo dispute, it is essential to be fully aware of your rights and the particular circumstances that may affect the outcome of the dispute.