Advocacy Day 2016: The Fight for Surrogacy Rights

The rights of women who choose to give the ultimate gift to a family are at stake once again as the Minnesota legislature is expected to raise surrogacy in this year’s upcoming session.

As many of you are aware, last year was a close call at the legislature for surrogacy. Although we succeeded in preventing a bill ultimately aimed at banning surrogacy from passing, this year calls for proactive measures: we must educate as many legislators as possible about surrogacy so we can continue to fight such efforts and hopefully pass appropriate regulating legislation in the future.

Please join us for Advocacy Day – Wednesday April
13, 2016

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RESOLVE is hosting “Advocacy Day” at the Minnesota State Office Building (100 Rev Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155) to make a strong statement that surrogacy is a family-building option that belongs in Minnesota. Advocacy Day is a time for all surrogate supporters to unite as a visible and persuasive group and share their support for surrogacy with key legislators.

We are facing a critical time where we must be at the forefront to share personal stories and urge legislators to support the ongoing viability of surrogacy as a family building option for all Minnesota families.

We will begin the day with an advocacy “crash course” hosted by RESOLVE lobbyists and followed by previously scheduled meetings with our selected legislators. Supporters are encouraged to attend as many brief meetings as they can to share their personal stories in support of surrogacy and lobby legislators to support the process.

Power in numbers

As we know, there is power in numbers and we look forward to seeing many supporters come out in large numbers for Advocacy Day. This is a momentous opportunity to show our legislators that we will not be silenced.

We will provide more detailed information as the session and Advocacy Day approaches, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars.

Please direct any questions to Chelsie Gibson at chelsie@iarc-usa.com

 

 

 

Intended parents, donors and their legal rights: Time to rewrite the law

By Steve Snyder, executive director of IARC

As third-party reproduction becomes more frequent to help infertile couples become parents, the old presumptions of legal parentage need to be re-evaluated.

Currently, those presumptions remain based on certain birth and genetic assumptions that do not take parental intent into account. For example, in most states — unless the donor donates to a heterosexual married couple under the supervision of a licensed physician with certain written consents in place — the donor’s presumptive legal parents are not terminated no matter what the parties’ intent is.

Steve Snyder, Executive Director IARC

Those presumptions are now outdated in cases of sperm and egg donation because of medical, reproductive and social advancements. Many families are being created strictly as the result of the procreative intent of aspiring parents who cannot provide all reproductive components.

In such cases, the law should establish and protect the legal parentage of those who intend to procreate, but it does not yet do so universally and uniformly.

Legally, we’re not in Kansas anymore

This disconnect between procreative intent and parentage law is occurring in Kansas. William Marotta, a sperm donor who answered a Craiglist ad, provided his sperm to a lesbian couple to create a child to legally raise as their own. The donation was memorialized in an express donor agreement.

However, because Marotta and the couple did not use a licensed physician, the sperm donor’s parental presumption was not effectively terminated. Consequently, any interested party could establish the donor’s legal parentage despite the parties’ contrary intent.

It wasn’t until the child’s intended legal parents applied for state aid for “their” child, however, that the county attorney became an “interested party.” The law mandated that the county attorney must identify and pursue all presumptive legal parents for reimbursement for the state aid provided to the child.

Under the statute, Marotta remained a presumptive parent, and the county attorney has successfully established the sperm donor as the child’s legal father for support purposes. According to the court and Kansas law, he is now considered the father to a child. This is contrary to the intent of all other relevant parties and the express donor agreement.
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IARC’s Egg Donation Information Now in a Webinar Format!

Be Informed! In hopes of making the lengthy screening process more user-friendly and convenient, IARC will now begin the egg donation screening with a short webinar. The first webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time. Subsequent webinars will follow.

Each webinar will be directed at prospective donors and young women that are interested in learning about the program. Interested women can expect to learn about the following:

· IARC
· How to become an egg donor (the screening process, requirements, etc.)
· The timeline
· Reimbursement for expenses

As each webinar is strictly a learning experience, a commitment to become a donor is not required. Women will be directed to the IARC website to continue the application process if they are interested. Each presentation is easy to attend (all you need is an Internet connection and a phone line) and FREE for participants.

To register for the webinars, go to www.fertilityhelp.webex.com or click on the button on the right-hand side of www.surrogates-eggdonors.com. There are numerous webinars, so women can sign up for the day that fits in their schedule.

For more information, please email Lindsay at lindsay@iarc-usa.com or call IARC at 763-494-8800.

IARC Surrogate Delivery Today!

IARC has another surrogate that delivered this morning in Pennsylvania. Welcome to the IARC family, little baby, and congratulations Rasheeda!! We wish you the best!

For more information about our surrogacy programs call 763-494-8800 or email us at info@iarc-usa.com.

Join IARC at the 15th Annual Rainbow Families Conference

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday, April 10th, come visit IARC at the Rainbow Families Conference in Minneapolis. This supportive community event is for everyone but focuses on LGBT and their families.

We’ll be there in order to provide education about various family building options available to both couples and individuals to have genetically-related children. We’ll also be there to share candy (dark chocolate, Steve’s favorite!) and show pictures of our newest additions to the IARC family!

Rainbow Families begins at 8:30am at Anwatin/Bryn Mawr Schools, 256 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. Online registration for the event is closed, but you can still come and enjoy the day’s activities.

For more information and a schedule of events, check out Rainbow Families’ website: www.http://www.familyequality.org/events/conference/index.html or email us at info@iarc-usa.com.

We hope to see you there!

Calling all surrogates!

IARC’s surrogacy program is about to take off and we’d like you to be a part of it. We’re looking for reliable, responsible women that want to donate something very special to a deserving family.

Although being a surrogate mother doesn’t seem like the most glamorous donation a woman could give, all of IARC’s surrogates are valued and promised to be supported throughout every step of the process. We ensure an organized beginning, middle and end to the gestation, something that is distinctive to our agency.

All surrogate mothers, or gestational carriers, must meet the following qualifications:
· Be between 21 and 38
· Be a non-smoker
· Possess a clean criminal record
· Have proven, previous healthy and full-term pregnancies
· Live in a surrogacy-friendly state (excludes: AZ, DC, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, NE, NJ, NV, NY, NM, NY, WA)

Becoming a surrogate is a big decision, so we’re here to educate you and walk you through the screening process. For more information, call IARC at 763-494-8800 or email us at info@iarc-usa.com.

For all of you wonderful surrogates that already work with IARC, refer another dependable woman and you could receive $500!

Picture Perfect for Egg Donors

A picture can say a thousand words. Make sure yours says great things about you.

When parents begin their search for an egg donor, one of the first things they’ll see is a profile photo. Donors must realize that those photos serve as an important first impression. They are the portal to show if you’re happy, if you have a conventional or unique look, a cheery disposition, or if you are a confident young woman. Most importantly, donors need an accurate depiction so parents can evaluate the desired resemblance.

There are other factors that parents consider before selecting a viable donor, but the photos serve as your most persuasive matching aid. The best pictures have a few things in common:

·        They should be professional (but not necessarily professionally-taken).  They should be normal pictures of you. Funny faces and tongue-out pictures will not necessarily attract the right parent. The pictures should look like you intended to show them to others (i.e. – natural backgrounds, decent resolution, in focus, etc.).

·        They do not depict a wild atmosphere or a bar scene.  (Avoid pictures that show you with a beer in hand or the bartender making a lewd gesture in the background.)

·        They should concentrate on you as the focal point.  (Your friends are great, but make sure you’re the stand-out. Parents want to see you, not your small face in a large crowd.)

·        They should show you from your most flattering perspective.  (Avoid using those up-the-nose shots or strange angles that catch your body in a tangled mess.)

·        They should show the “real,” every day you.  (Halloween costumes are great, and so are the fun pictures of you when you went skiing last winter, but parents want a clear view of your body type and all of your features. Avoid masks, heavy make up and clothes that distort your body.)

·        There should be a variety of shots and perspectives.  (Parents want to see you from all angles, so you should use a couple good head shots and at least one full-body shot.)

·        They should show you at different ages.  (Parents will also be interested in what you looked like as a child and how you developed throughout the years. Include a few developmental shots that are staggered throughout the years.)

·        If you have children, they include pictures of your babies.  Since you will affect what the parent’s child looks like, they want to know what your children look like.

Don’t be afraid to have a friend or a family member take a few new, current pictures of you. The more you can submit, the better. The Assisted Fertility Association says that donor photos are not unlike a dating service. If you are uncertain as to which pictures would work and which ones should be kept in your personal photo album, run them by your family or your best friends.

Remember, your photos should be these important qualities: clear, flattering and varied.