With the advancement of technology, the legalities have been slower to catch up, but there has been some precedent set to settle disputes that arise.
The recent case of Sieglein v. Schmidt dealt with one such case, recently weighed by the Maryland Court of Appeals. It had to do with establishing paternity in a case in which a woman married to a man with a vasectomy became pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is a type of assisted reproductive technology that involves manually combining the sperm and egg in a laboratory dish and then implanting that embryo into the uterus. Continue reading