Florida Egg-Donor Given Parental Rights
Recently, a Florida state court ruled that a child’s egg donor could seek full custody of her 9 year-old daughter after her civil union with the child’s birth mother dissolved. Currently the Florida statute limits parental rights to either sperm or egg donors because most practices of such donors are to be anonymous. This case with a same-sex couple intended to have one woman be the “donor” similar to a biological father, could begin to change the way that some custody disputes are handled.
After the couple’s separation, the birth mother fled to Australia with their child. The egg-donor then sought and was granted full parental rights and would be able to seek custody of her child. As unique cases like this arise in states without same-sex marriages such as Colorado, laws will need to be created to protect the parental rights of its citizens.