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What happens if an egg donor changes their mind?

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2023 | Egg & Sperm Donation |

Many Californians who are struggling with fertility choose to consult with an egg donation facility to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. One fear that may arise is the fear that the donor will change their minds about donating. While this change of heart is not common, it does sometimes happen for several reasons.

As an egg donor gets further into the process, the thought of a child being born with their genetics starts to become more real. Sometimes the egg donor is not able to wrap their heads around the idea that they will be biologically related to a child that they will have no part in raising.

The egg recipient may feel frustrated and heartbroken after a donor changes their mind. While some people may decide to start the process all over again, others may decide to give up on their dreams of parenthood.

Egg donor contracts are standard procedure

Generally, both the intended parents and the egg donor will sign an egg donation contract, even though there is no payment involved for the donation itself. This agreement will likely specify that the donor will not have any parental rights or obligations when it comes to the child born from the donated egg. The agreement should also specify who is responsible for medical bills and other expenses.

Egg donors can change their minds

Even if the agreement is signed by both parties, the egg donor can still back out at any time. However, the donor may be responsible any costs that were already spent relating to the procedure (e.g., travel expenses).

Egg donor contracts are intended to protect both egg donors and recipients. An attorney specializing in reproductive law can help you draft an agreement that protects your best interests during this process