Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Married LGBTQ Couples Fight to Protect Their Parental Rights in IVF Cases

From Spectrum News

Four years into their marriage, Chantelle and Courtney Graham expanded their family from two to three.

    • Courtney’s egg was fertilized
    • Chantelle carried baby to term
    • Courtney had to legally adopt baby

Through a process called reciprocal in vitro fertilization (IVF), Courtney’s fertilized egg was placed in Chantelle, who carried their baby Maiori to term.

“So Chantelle birthed Maiori, and Maiori has my genetics," said Courtney Graham. "So that's what reciprocal IVF does is it allows you to, in our situation, for Chantelle to have this, you know, birthing connection with Maiori, but also be my genetic child. So that's like, kind of where we have the best of both worlds for sure.”

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