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Outsider Involvement

Physicians should be cautious about participating in fertility treatments or conceptions that involve anyone but the couple under treatment. Many states have specific laws on artificial insemination that specify that the donor father has no legal rights. However, if a couple wants to choose their own donor or to arrange a contract pregnancy, the laws are not as clear. Custody fights and criminal charges of baby selling are known problems with these arrangements. The control of infectious and genetic diseases must also be considered. The use of any tissue from a third party requires that the physician have a complete genetic history and that the donor be tested for infectious diseases as would an anonymous donor.


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