Friday, June 4, 2010
The Wall Street Journal
recently printed a fascinating editorial discussing
Judaism and the children resulting from egg donation:
What does a Jewish child need most from a mother?
Forget about the chicken soup—it's all about the eggs, say a growing number of
prominent rabbis. Several recent rabbinic rulings on fertility treatment
dictate that a child conceived in vitro is Jewish only if the egg came from a
The issue is most pressing in Israel, in part
because tight restrictions on egg donation have long compelled infertile women
to procure eggs abroad, where most donors are not Jewish. But decisions in Israel favoring the genetic mother over the
gestational one are also likely to increase the already high demand for Jewish
eggs in the U.S.,
and could call into question the religious status of thousands of children born
to Jewish women around the world.
Read more here.