It’s Complicated: The Modern Family

Technology-assisted births have made the definition of “family” pretty abstract as compared to the nuclear family model most of us are familiar with.  Some families have two moms or maybe two dads.  Some parents are not genetically related to their children; or they are, but the mom was not the woman who gave birth to them.  People can even opt to be a single parent without even sleeping with someone else.  And then there’s George Russell, who describes young Griffin as, “my nephew.  But biologically, he’s my son.”… <Read More>

Will the U.S. Supreme Court History Repeat Itself Again?

A look back into the history of this country illustrates that the fight over whether same-sex marriage should be allowed is yet another hotly debated issue that has divided this country and challenged our long-standing notions of morality and tradition.  Less than a century ago the thought of women having a right to vote was deemed unconscionable.  Today women cannot even fathom the fact that they could have ever been denied such a fundamental right as citizens.   About fifty years ago African-Americans fought to have the same rights as white Americans to vote, to frequent public establishments, and to utilize public transportation; whether black children should be allowed to attend the same schools as white children was hotly disputed; blacks were denied admittance into graduate schools, and interracial marriages were prohibited.   Today our country is being led by a black (or to be more accurate – interracial) president who attended an Ivy League law school.  The contested list of constitutional rights is long.   And if an old adage that “history tends to repeat itself” is true, then it is just a matter of time before the right to a same-sex marriage becomes the supreme law of the land, and protests and debates are featured on the History channel.  Until then, we just have to wait and watch as this fight plays out in the courts, in the Congress, in the upcoming presidential elections, and in our streets.… <Read More>

“After-conceived” child – Child? or Not?

“We, nonetheless, cannot help but observe that this is, indeed, a new world”. Judge Barry, writing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, got it right.

Here is the story: Robert and Karen Capato were married in New Jersey in 1999 and like most couples imagined a happily ever after filled with kids and a pretty home. Soon after, Mr. Capato was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. The couple, fearing that the chemo and cancer treatments would affect his ability to have kids, decided that they would freeze Mr. Capato’s sperm so that in vitro would always be an option. In 2001, despite what Mr. Capato was going through, he and his wife conceived naturally and had a son. They wanted more kids, but never had the chance to have any more together because in 2002, Mr. Capato sadly lost his battle against cancer. After her husbands death, Karen Capato put the frozen sperm to use and gave birth to twin boys in 2003.… <Read More>

A Mother Should Have Chosen Anonymous Sperm Donor Or Different Neighborhood Instead

In child custody battles, the notion of “the best interests of the child” is quite abstract.  What is considered “best” for one child is not necessary “best” for another; and generally each case is decided on its own particular facts.  Regrettably, sometimes these decisions are based not only on unsubstantiated facts, but arguably reflect the judge’s/referee’s emotions or feelings.  Furthermore, it can have a very disparaging effect on other people’s decisions to become parents.… <Read More>