This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the legal issues surrounding the Patton Vanterpool case and the current Georgia statute O.C.G.A. § 19-7-21 2
2. Relate the outcome of this case and the reasoning of the court
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
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Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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Georgia state laws have not been updated since 1964 when “artificial insemination” was the known method of assisted reproductive technology. In Patton v. Vanterpool, the now divorced husband and wife had twins through in vitro fertilization (IVF), utilizing egg and sperm from anonymous donors. The husband consented to the procedure but later alleged he was coerced to consent so as to finalize the divorce. The babies, a boy and a girl, were born preterm and only the girl survived. The ex-wife filed a suit to establish paternity.
Georgia statute O.C.G.A. § 19-7-21—creates an “irrebuttable presumption” of legitimacy with respect to all “children born within wedlock or within the usual period of gestation thereafter who [were] conceived by means of artificial insemination.” The question before the state Supreme Court was whether children conceived by IVF were covered by the statute.
The court answered “No”.
In its decision, the court stated that laws providing for artificial insemination cannot apply to a baby born by in vitro fertilization using donor eggs and donor sperm, because the legislators could not possibly have contemplated IVF when they wrote the statute in 1964.
Therefore, the state of Georgia said that the ex-husband is not the legal father of the surviving girl. She has no legal father at this time. This should spur the state of Georgia and others to update its legislation.
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