Reproductive Laws in the United States of America

  • givfadmin
  • April 24, 2013 8:51 pm


The laws in the US vary greatly state-to-state. Clinics can often make their own internal decisions in regards to limiting services based on age, gender and marital status. However, it is possible to find clinics willing to work with single, same sex and `older` Intended Parents. The reproductive governing board, ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine), states that, `Programs should treat all requests for assisted reproduction equally without regard to marital status or sexual orientation.` The American Psychological Association opposes any discrimination based on sexual orientation in regards to reproductive health service, although there is no obligation for doctors to offer fertility treatments to singles or homosexuals ` so it is important to check with each individual clinic and regarding their particular policies. At this time the number of embryos placed back is at the determination of the patient and doctor, and not regulated by the government. E mbryo freezing, egg donation and embryo screening is permitted. Sex selection and PGD is available at many clinics.

Egg/Sperm Donation

Egg donation and sperm donation is legal in most states. Anonymity is not a requirement but can be legally enforced. If your treatments or clinic require contracts you should consult with qualified, experienced reproductive lawyers. Many clinics have in-house donor programs but there are also many reputable egg donor and sperm donor agencies across the country with greater availability and no wait for a donor.


Surrogacy laws vary state-to-state; some states require that the Intended Parents are heterosexual married couples, other states do not take any factors (age, sexual orientation, marital status) into consideration. Many states allow the Intended Parent`s names to go directly on the contract. Global IVF is currently compiling a state-by-state listing of laws that will be included here in the near future.

Disclaimer: Reproductive laws are a relatively new legal area and are in constant flux throughout the world. It is often hard to obtain current and accurate information, and we are always updating information on our site. Anyone pursuing reproductive assistance abroad should contact lawyers and clinics directly to confirm the current status in that country and any legal restrictions that might apply. GlobalIVF does not claim any accuracy for the information printed below and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you have additional or conflicting information please contact us and we will update our site.

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