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Single Dads by Choice: More Men Going It Alone

NPR,  June 19, 2012

Steve Majors, communications director for the same-sex advocacy group Family Equality Council, says many young gay men once believed living openly gay meant not having children. But with the rise of same-sex marriage, gay men have pioneered the use of reproductive technology to have children. Majors says single gay men now email him or show up at parenting seminars, wanting to learn more about starting a family.

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Options for Gay Men, Couples, Who Want a Baby

Gay men and couples can use an egg donor and surrogate to have a baby that is genetically related to one of the partners, explains Dr. Bradford Kolb, a fertility doctor with HRC Fertility.

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Lesbian Parental Rights Case Draws Attention

News-Press.com,  June 4, 2012
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State and national legal groups are trying to sway the Florida Supreme Court in a parental-rights case that pits two lesbian partners who used in-vitro fertilization to have a child but later ended their relationship. The Brevard County case is unprecedented in Florida because the fertilized egg of one woman was implanted in her then-partner, who gave birth. The couple began raising the child together, but a legal battle began after a break-up that included the birth mother moving to Australia with the child.

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Lesbian Couple Faces Legal Hurdles in Raising Quadruplets

USA Today,  May 13, 2012

It won't be long before 1-year-old quadruplets Derrick, Brianna, Anthony and Cason begin speaking their first words and calling out for mommy. But it may be quite some time before society and the legal system recognize same-sex couple Laura Cavin and Sheri Green, of Naples, Fla., in the same way. Through the wonders of modern medicine, each woman carried two of the quadruplets, but they must adopt the other two to each have legal custody of all four.

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Gay Parenting Information Sources Growing

By Leigh Ann Woodruff, February 19, 2012

Gay prospective parents face a host of questions — logistical, legal, practical and emotional — when exploring the options of in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy. As European interest in American fertility clinic options grows, new and different questions arise.

The Practical Concerns of Americans

In America, gay prospective parents' questions and concerns run to more practical considerations, according to Michael Doyle, M.D., medical director of Connecticut Fertility Associates. Rarely do they have have concerns about international law, going through customs or a baby being taken away at the airport. In addition, many of the emotional considerations have been dealt with.

"The LGBT community that accesses these services are living very out and proudly and are usually in communities that are supportive," Dr. Doyle says. "They've usually processed 'what is it going to be like to be a gay parent,' 'how is my kid going to be accepted'? I think the issues are much different. They're more focused on cost and efficiency and effectiveness. They're not grappling with being a pioneer. They usually have much more practical concerns: 'Can we use a shared cycle?' Their questions tend to be those kind of medical things."

Woman in Spain Denied Fertility Treatment 'Because She Is a Lesbian'

The Reader,  April 26, 2011
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A WOMAN who wants to become a mother says she has been refused fertility treatment on the national health service because she is a lesbian. She was told by the head of the fertility branch at her local hospital in Asturias that he was "under orders" from the regional ministry to refuse to attend to unmarried heterosexual women, or lesbians.

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How Is the Biological Father Determined when Gay Couples Use Fertility Treatment?

Dr. Michael Doyle, a fertility doctor with Connecticut Fertility Associates, explains that the sperm of one or both men can be used with donor egg IVF and surrogacy, so that one or both can be biological fathers.

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Known Sperm Donor

Even once you’ve decided that you want to use someone you know as your sperm donor, you probably still have a lot of questions about how to make sure everything goes smoothly.

You may have a sperm donor in mind already, or you may just be thinking about it now. Either way, when you approach someone about becoming a sperm donor for you, there are important questions that you must ask. The most important thing for you to discuss is what role the donor will play in the child’s life.

If the donor will be involved, then legal and emotional boundaries must be established:

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