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  • Sperm donation is a roll of the genetic dice
    failed to have a bowel movement in the first two days after his birth a sign to doctors that something was awry Jaxon was rushed to surgery and doctors told the Kretchmars he appeared to have cystic fibrosis We were pretty much devastated said Mrs Kretchmar 33 who works as a nurse At first we weren t convinced it was cystic fibrosis because we knew the donor had been tested for the disease We thought it had to be something different Genetic testing showed Jaxon carried cystic fibrosis genes and Mrs Kretchmar was shocked to find out that she herself carried them However she was more shocked to find out that so too did the donor They later discovered the donor s sperm was decades old originally donated at a laboratory halfway across the country and frozen since then It is disputed whether it was actually tested Hundreds of such cases have been documented but there are likely thousands more according to Wendy Kramer founder of the Donor Sibling Registry a website she founded to help link families with children who are offspring of the same sperm donor Donated eggs pose a risk but sperm donation carries a far greater threat of genetic harm Sperm donors are just as likely to carry genetic diseases than anyone else but they can father far more children 50 100 or 150 and each could potentially inherit flawed genes making those genes more widespread in the general population New York Times May 15 MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic diseases human drama sperm donation US This article is published by Jared Yee and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/sperm_donation_is_a_roll_of_the_genetic_dice/10063 (2016-02-18)
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  • Lesbian couple “betrayed” by gay father who wants to see his son
    in a nuclear family and that he would not assert his paternal rights However the man a former close friend who was present at the birth and cradled the newborn in his arms has now demanded overnight and holiday contact with his biological son Three Appeal Court judges are being asked to rule on whether the boy should have three parents and two homes All three parents are high income professionals who live in central London The father was previously in a marriage of convenience with the mother but they are now divorced The lesbian couple s lawyer told the court that his clients wanted to raise their child in an intact two parent family because that would be the best environment To this particular couple he said the concept of three parents two homes repeated so often by the father is very alien and it has never been something they would consider Nonetheless they did want the father to participate in the boy s upbringing in some way London Telegraph Feb 8 MORE ON THESE TOPICS human drama sperm donation UK Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/lesbian_couple_betrayed_by_gay_father_who_wants_to_see_his_son/9926 (2016-02-18)
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  • One day, two surrogacy horror stories
    IVF She claimed to be a court approved social worker and told them she had been a surrogate mother for a wealthy family Cookes made a fictitious Facebook page under the false identity and contacted the couple about her wonderful prior surrogacy experience She was spared prison time after the court found she suffered undiagnosed psychiatric problems since she lost her four month old daughter to cot death in 2008 The couple were devastated We are annoyed she did not get a harsher punishment it s just a slap on the wrist after all the hurt she has caused She s put us through hell We cannot believe that anyone can be so callous In the second story a surrogate mother from Colorado was allegedly hammered with US 217 000 in medical bills after delivering twins for an Austrian couple who fled from the US with the children Carrie Mathews said she almost died delivering Rudolf and Teresa Bako s children in July yet the couple is refusing to complete their payment The couple reportedly agreed to pay her 25 000 to carry one child and signed a 30 page contract covering potential scenarios and payment plans Under the terms of the contract Mrs Mathews says she provides her insurance Whatever her insurance does not pay the Bakos are required to pay She is still waiting to hear from insurer on how much of the 217 000 in medical bills will not be covered She said the Bakos have paid her about 66 000 to date 9News reports that 16 000 of the 25 000 for carrying the children and the rest mainly from child care and other costs during her pregnancy She says they still owe her 14 000 of that money Daily Mail Oct 27 Oct 27 MORE

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/one_day_two_surrogacy_horror_stories/9820 (2016-02-18)
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  • 20-year-old surrogate mother abandoned
    the twins on June 28 She managed to find an adoptive home for the babies but experts say the case shows both surrogate mothers and prospective parents should be better protected Here s a lovely trusting young woman who should have taken care of herself says Sherry Levitan a fertility lawyer based in Toronto The law is there for a reason Hachey tried to do what experts say surrogate mothers should do after making friends with the couple she spent a few months getting to know them through daily phone calls She also met with them last November They all signed a surrogacy contract that acknowledged the couple as the twins legal parents and provided Hachey 200 a month for pregnancy related expenses The British woman suffered polycystic ovarian syndrome so they used her husband s sperm and Hachey s egg inseminating using a medical syringe and semen from a cup Hachey says the pregnancy began well but that she saw the arrangement begin to crumble when she was in the hospital Despite the ordeal Hachey says she will be a surrogate again but this time through an agency and with advice from a lawyer CBC News Sep 13 Parentcentral

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/20_year_old_surrogate_mother_abandoned/9738 (2016-02-18)
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  • Woman had 2 children after secretly taking ex-husband’s frozen sperm
    man who cannot be named for legal purposes has had little access to his children since then and has spent nearly 200 000 in continuing legal battles with his ex wife When she ran into debt in taking care of the children a judge ordered him to give her 100 000 to help raise them Now the father of four is calling for a change in the law so that other parents will not experience the same ordeal He said I was stunned when I found out she had withdrawn my sperm without my consent because at the time we had split up and were going through a divorce It was a deliberate act to bring two children into this world without a father to look after them I was never at the clinic and I never signed the documents I love the children and spend money on taking them out and buying them clothes but it is an expense I shouldn t really have The cost of this has been huge It is scary to think how little control I had over it all I just can t understand how they believed her The stress of it all has turned my life upside down When asked about her actions his ex wife said I don t believe I have done anything wrong It was getting later and later for me and I wanted to have a child If I had not done it then I would not be blessed with my children I have no regrets I would do it again She added that a court ruled it was a simulation rather than a forged signature London Telegraph May 29 MORE ON THESE TOPICS human drama IVF new frontiers UK This article is published by Jared Yee and BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/woman_had_2_children_after_secretly_taking_ex-husbands_frozen_sperm/9562 (2016-02-18)
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  • Woman who attempted suicide while pregnant is charged with murder
    This case has huge implications for pregnant women not only in Indiana but across the country said Alexa Kolbi Molinas a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union If we allowed the state to put a woman in jail for anything that could pose a risk to her pregnancy there would be nothing to stop the police putting in jail a woman who has a drink of wine or who smokes So where do you draw the line Shuai s lawyer Linda Pence described the decision to prosecute her as horrible and outrageous She disputes the prosecution s claim that the baby was killed by rat poison saying that Shuai received a number of medicines at the hospital many of which could have caused her death Dave Rimstidt a member of the prosecution team said careful consideration had gone into the decision to charge Shuai He said This is a very unique case Every charging decision is very difficult and goes through a process where we consider all the facts all the circumstances and under this situation we believe we ve charged the two charges we can prove Guardian Apr 15 MORE ON THESE TOPICS abortion foeticide human drama law

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/woman_who_attempted_suicide_while_pregnant_is_charged_with_murder/9496 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    in Indianapolis ate rat poison to end her misery She survived but her baby died of seizures in January four days after birth Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/foeticide (2016-02-18)
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  • Couple ordered to pay surrogate £568 per month for baby they’ll never see
    Mr W is furious and says that the surrogate has targeted him as a wealthy man from whom she could claim child support for 18 years We should have seen the signs when she started asking for more than we had agreed I don t think this was ever about her suddenly wanting to keep the baby I think this was about getting an income The couple will appeal the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/couple_ordered_to_pay_surrogate_568_per_month_for_baby_theyll_never_se/9487 (2016-02-18)
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