Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Gay Couple Challenges IRS over Medical Deductions
A gay couple in Florida is suing the IRS for denying their medical deductions for surrogacy and IVF.
According to Tampa Online,
Is being gay, in a long-term committed relationship, the same as being biologically infertile?
That’s the argument being made by a Stetson law professor in a lawsuit against the federal government.
Joseph F. Morrissey, who teaches constitutional and business law at Stetson, is seeking to overturn a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service that denied him and his partner a tax deduction. The deduction would have been for costs associated with their use of in-vitro fertilization and a surrogate who gave birth to their twin sons.
An IRS revenue agent who denied the claim said Morrissey’s sexual orientation was a “choice,” according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa.
Although there have been unsuccessful legal challenges to these deduction denials for gay men, Davis told The Tampa Tribune that Morrissey’s lawsuit makes a different legal argument — that being gay and in a committed relationship is the same as being medically infertile.
“I think it pushes the issue more clearly than perhaps was argued in (a previous case). It’s going to push the (IRS) to address this issue of, ‘Look I may not be infertile as defined by your standards historically or even as defined by medical textbooks, but the bare reality is that I can’t have a child without some type of costs that derive from the opposite gender.’ ’’
We also think that it is about time that the IRS catch up with the realities of real life – gay or straight.
Read more here about the gay couple suing the IRS over medical deductions.
Conceptual Options Surrogacy News Gay Couple Sues IRS
Egg Donation – Becoming an Egg Donor Explained
One of our concerns here at Conceptual Options is whether or not we have provided enough information to a prospective egg donor when she contacts our office. In response to these concerns, we included information on our site that will help women of all ages understand the Conceptual Options’ Egg Donation Process.
In addition, we have also included Informational Egg Donation Videos and informative Egg Donation Newsletters that help explain to what it actually takes to become an egg donor and how to explain your decision to others.
Feel free to contact our office directly or via our website at the Egg Donor Application. Let us know what you think!
Conceptual Options Become an Egg Donor
Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Considering Egg Donation?
With the increase of the use of egg donors for helping couples/women/men create their families, we thought it would be helpful for women considering egg donation to read the following information from the Colorado Center for Egg Donation.
Highlighting Possible Risks and Considerations of Egg Donation
If you are considering becoming an egg donor for an infertile couple, you should be aware of certain risks that it might bring to your health and well-being. It is of course a rewarding experience; however, the egg donation process takes several months and includes time consuming appointments with the doctors, the staff, therapists and counselors. The medical procedure that follows could turn out to be uncomfortable physically and brings about emotional turmoil to the donors. The process is tiresome. Some good egg donation centers are upfront and are willing to answer to the queries raises by the applicants.
- If you are thinking of becoming an egg donor, understand that there is a specific criterion such as specified age range, good health, non smoker and suitable weight that must be met. The screening process involves several steps in order to verify if the possible donor fits the required portfolio and are healthy enough to undergo through the procedure.
- However, there are other aspects of the process that must be considered. Physical exam that includes submission of blood test and cervical cultures. This initial medical examination is mandatory to screen for any inheritable diseases or disorders. The ability to pass a physical exam determines if the applicant will be able to develop and carry the eggs without problems.
- The candidate must also pass a psychological test usually administered on a computer. The examination also includes evaluation by a psychologist to provide the patient with detailed information of mental stress that could be involved with the entire process. This also helps the doctors to understand if the possible donor will have the mental capacity to take on the commitment.
- The donor must maintain a flexible routine so that weekly appointments could be scheduled. During these visits, blood test is carried to check the health of the donor and their reaction to the prescribed medications.
- The procedure also requires self inject medication to stimulate growth and health of the eggs.
Prior to beginning an egg donor cycle, we suggest egg donors to discuss the potential risks and side effects involved with a fertility physician.
Read more here if you are considering egg donation.
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Conceptual Options Egg Donor News: The Egg Donor Class Action Against ASRM, etc. Heats Up
Many in this industry have been following this case, Kamakahi v. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, for some time regarding whether or not the actions of the ASRM and its affiliate doctors were considered price fixing pursuant to the Sherman Antitrust Act or not. It looks as if it may go to trial next year.
According to the News & Observer,
If nothing is beyond reach of the law, then we shouldn’t be surprised that the Sherman Antitrust Act is being invoked in a potentially game-changing California case centered on the price of … human eggs.
Two women who object to the generally accepted $10,000 cap for an egg donation say the market should set the cap, not two professional fertility organizations that dominate donors’ compensation.
If the women win, they will turn the fertility trade upside down. That has big implications for fertility clinics such as the one at Duke Medical Center and some 15 other providers in the Triangle area….
Legally, there is no cap on what a woman can charge for her eggs. In this respect, the United States is unusual among the world’s nations because it has allowed a market for eggs to thrive.
However, the donor compensation amounts recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the alpha male of the egg business, are $5,000 and cap at $10,000. The larger amount must be “justified” by ASRM guidelines…
It sounds off-key to haggle over the price of DNA, which is the core of the issue in the California case, but think about this brave new world.
Should the price of an egg be capped at $10,000 by organizations that write the guidelines? Or should the price be determined by what the market will pay?
The Sherman Antitrust Act suggests the latter, and I agree.
What are your thoughts on this case?
Egg Donor Case & ASRM – Conceptual Options News
Conceptual Options LGBT News: Egg Donors, Sperm Donors & LGBT Families Achieve Fairness in New California Bill AB 960
The Equal Protection for All Families Act, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Our Family Coalition, passed the California Assembly May 18 with unanimous support. The bill updates California assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are protected equally under California law.
Conceptual Options applauds the efforts of Assemblymember David Chiu and those sponsoring this bill to ensure fairness to egg donors, sperm donors and the families that they help create in the great state of California.
According to LGBT Weekly,
AB 960, the Equal Protection For All Families Act, updates the state’s assisted reproduction laws to ensure all couples using assisted reproduction are fully recognized as parents as intended. Specifically, AB 960 would allow unmarried people using assisted reproduction to be fully recognized as parents on the same terms as married parents. Further, this bill would remove the requirement from family law that couples must involve a doctor when using assisted reproduction in order to ensure that the donor is not recognized as a parent. AB 960 also provides clear direction for how egg donors should be treated under California law. These important changes in the law will increase access to family building options by eliminating economic barriers.
Read more here about AB 960.
Conceptual Options LGBT News: AB 960
Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Why Would Any Woman Become an Egg Donor?
There are many different reasons thrown out by critics and proponents alike about why a woman would become an egg donor. And, all of them are right to an extent…really. Why a woman becomes an egg donor is both a personal one and a public one – why? Because every woman is different, and every proponent/critic has their own public reason for proclaiming why someone is an egg donor. A crazy concept, right? It sure is.
But, the long and short of it is that we here at Conceptual Options believe that there are only two real reasons a woman becomes an egg donor – and here they are:
1. Compassion & Service to the World
This sounds idealistic, but it is true. Most people in the world want to make a difference in some way, and this is one way to do it. Making a family become a reality for someone who cannot is one of the most compassionate things that a woman can do for others. whether LGBTQ or not.
2. Education & Empowerment
Every single egg donor must go through a very through and complete psychological and medical screening – most egg donors who undergo a cycle learn more about their own body and mind then they ever thought that they would.
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Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Understanding an Egg Donor Database
The egg donor is one of the most vital contributing factors to a successful pregnancy, whether as an Intended Mother or as a surrogate. Sometimes without a egg donor, your child being born will be nothing but a dream. In addition, donating an egg is an opportunity to help families who struggle with having a child of their own. The egg donor is the missing component to completing a beautiful family.
There come many struggles with finding an egg donor. The emotions you’ll be feeling as you go through lists of names and searching for possible candidates can be potent enough to swallow you whole. You may feel excited, nervous, or even scared. Most of all, you’ll be unsure. And you’ll find yourself going through the same pages repeatedly. Many agencies fill up their databases will false information to fluff up the parents’ options. We recognize the struggles of searching for an egg donor, and we do not discount the stress and importance of it. This is why we provide you with access to over 500 qualified egg donors who not only meet the strict requirements, but are real as well.
Our work ethic differs greatly from other agencies. You’ll find our services more professional, and our relationships with our egg donors are much tighter. Unlike other agencies, we require each of our egg donors to contact us on a regular basis to keep us updated with her current situation and her schedule. Searching for an egg donor is a highly emotional process, and our intentions are clear. We want to provide parents with a calm and controlled environment while choosing an egg donor. Our agency emphasizes greatly and not wasting any of your time waiting on egg donors who are not available, or filling you up with false hopes.
If an egg donor has not recently updated us with her situation and schedule, she will be deemed as unavailable and we will not allow her to be a possible candidate in your selection. Our egg donation database is designed to make your egg donor selection process as fast as possible, allowing your pregnancy to be completed with minimal time being wasted on waiting. Once the possible donor has been selected, our reliable clients relations team will immediately contact her. Upon agreement to assist you and your family, she will be invited to sign a match agreement. The legal process will then commence, and your family will be advised and guided throughout every single step by our reliable staff.
Good luck in your search via our egg donor database here at Conceptual Options.
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Conceptual Options IVF News: Three-Parent Embryos: Advancement in IVF Technology
A new method has been developed to prevent genetic disorders from being passed on by adding a third DNA source. It might sound like mad science, but the FDA is considering the prospect of allowing trials of this technique to be done in the United States. So how does this work? Well, there is a part of a woman’s DNA (called Mitochondrial DNA) that can carry certain genetic disorders. These disorders are carried exclusively by the Mitochondrial DNA, and can only be inherited by the mother. If a mother is a carrier for one of these disorders, this technology allows scientists to use the nucleus (center) of the mother’s egg, which does not have Mitochondrial DNA, and put it in the egg of a donor. This will lead to the egg having the Mitochondrial DNA of a donor, and the nuclear DNA of the mother. Combine that with the sperm of the father, and you have a three-parent embryo. Although this technology has been developed to prevent the transmission of certain genetic disorders, it also opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Only time will tell what will develop from this ground breaking new science.
To read more about three parent embryos, click here.
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