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Brave New Families

Over the past few days the New York Times ran an interesting pair of articles. From the magazine section, a piece on using donor eggs for infertility, and from the opinion section, a piece on a recent Pennsylvania court decision finding three people to be liable for the support of a donor-conceived child.

The piece from the magazine, “Your Gamete, Myself,” concludes:

Finally, Becky would be a mother, her husband a father, the two of them building a family with all the conflict, joy and unpredictability that entails — regardless of whose genes are involved.

While the op-ed piece, “When 3 Really Is a Crowd,” concludes:

Finally, why should courts stop at assigning children only three parents? Some situations involve a couple who wants the child, the sperm donor, the egg donor and the gestational surrogate who carries the pregnancy. If we allow three legal parents, why not five?

Fortunate children have many people who love them as much as their parents do. But in the best interests of children, no court should break open the rule of two when assigning legal parenthood.