Print this Article. Even though infertility strikes men and women equally, and men and women may feel similar emotions upon being diagnosed, their experience of infertility may be quite different. Society encourages women to express feelings, which helps them seek the support of others and utilize available resources. Men, on the other hand, generally are taught to suppress emotion, increasing isolation and diminishing the possibility of receiving help. Infertility provokes a painful life crisis that negatively affects marital, sexual, familial, and social relationships. Additionally, because sex and reproduction are linked in our minds, infertility causes many men and women to feel ashamed and embarrassed about their masculinity or femininity and to experience a sense of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
FACT OR FACTION: Parental Rights and Obligations of Sperm Donors in New Jersey
While parentage laws vary from state to state, in New Jersey, biology is the strongest determinate of legal parentage. If a DNA test would show that the donor is the genetic father, then even if his name is not on the birth certificate, he could be considered the legal father. Notably, birth certificate records can be modified if incorrect or not accurate. The Artificial Insemination Statute states that the husband of the wife who has used a sperm donor to conceive a child will have parental rights to the child as long as he consents to the use of donor sperm.
The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation
Sperm donation is the provision by a man of his sperm with the intention that it be used in the artificial insemination or other 'fertility treatment' of a woman or women who are not his sexual partners in order that they may become pregnant by him. The man is known as a 'sperm donor' and the sperm he provides is known as 'donor sperm' because the intention is that the man will give up all legal rights to any child produced from his sperm, and will not be the legal father. Sperm donation may also be known as 'semen donation'. A man provides his semen but the purpose of the donation is that his gametes contained within the semen, i. However conception is achieved, the nature and course of the pregnancy will be the same as one achieved by sexual intercourse, and the sperm donor will be the biological father of every child born from his donations.
When Lindsay Harris was trying to get pregnant, she turned to her own mother for advice — and discovered a family secret. After Harris got married, she and her wife began thinking about starting a family. As a gay couple, they weren't completely sure how that would happen.