Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) announced he will be introducing legislation to recognize the rights of parents who have conceived children via in-home artificial insemination. The legislation comes on the heels of stories published in New Jersey newspapers regarding a couple whose contract with their sperm donor explicitly gave up parental rights – but that contract was not recognized in court as New Jersey law only recognizes artificial inseminations conducted in a physician’s office.
“New Jersey’s laws should advance and progress with the times in which we live. As more and more parents are taking advantage of artificial insemination, where the procedure was conducted should have no bearing on the rights of the parents raising the child. Once the contract is signed by the donor, and that individual gives up parental rights to be a donor, that should be the final word. I look forward to legislation being given a swift hearing so other parents in the state do not have to go through lengthy custody and parental rights battles, and the anguish that goes along with such proceedings. It’s not fair to the parents who acted in good faith, it’s not fair to the children caught in the middle.”