Monday, November 21, 2005
A recent report discusses the growing trend of children who are born as a result of artificial insemination to connect with their half-siblings.
See Amy Harmon, Hello, I'm Your Sister. Our Father Is Donor 150, NY Times, Nov. 20, 2005.
assist[s] individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation who are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. This may include:
- Their own or their child's half-siblings, or
- their own or their child's genetic father or mother, or
- their genetic offspring. (egg, sperm or embryo donors who would be willing to have contact with the children born as a result of their donations are VERY WELCOME!).
Interesting intestate succession issues could arise. Although most states provide that a sperm donor is not considered as a father, the law is less clear regarding the relationship between the half-siblings.