A living will, also commonly known as an advanced healthcare directive or medical directive is a legal document wherein a person specifies what medical actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make medical decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity.
In Vitro Fertilization (or IVF) is one of the many types of assisted reproductive technology (ART) available to couples in Pennsylvania who are facing fertility challenges. In some our previous posts we've discussed the basics of ART, the basics of surrogacy, provided a list of those states that're considered legally friendly towards the practice of surrogacy and now we'll cover the basics of IVF.
Many couples in Pennsylvania grow their families through the use of assisted reproductive technology, or ART for short. There's no right or wrong way to build a family and many people are curious about ART. So, what is assisted reproductive technology?
In 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a set of procedures known as the "Assisted Conception Birth Registration". It is a set of procedures for the issuing of birth certificates for children conceived through assisted reproduction that lists the intended parents as the child's parents (rather than a surrogate). The procedure is an alternate method to adoption that allows the intended parents to establish legal parentage.
The Supreme Court released an opinion yesterday on the Hobby Lobby case, which was the challenge to the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. The court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that for-profit companies with religious backgrounds do not need to provide contraception to female employees under Obamacare.
Gestational Surrogacy is becoming more common in Pennsylvania. Recently, there have been more numerous discussions and even depictions of struggles with infertility and conception depicted in pop culture. For example, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, of E! Network fame, have publicly documented their struggles with having children on their hit reality show. They currently have one son, Duke, who was delivered via gestational carrier. Unfortunately, their most recent attempt at having another baby was unsuccessful. The Rancics have always been open to sharing their struggles so they can help people start proactive conversations about fertility. The Rancics are lucky to have found a compatible surrogate who is willing to work with them throughout their attempts at expanding their family. Although gestational surrogates do not have standing to sue for custody of a child in Pennsylvania, it is still a good idea to have a written contract between the parents and the surrogate.
Rapper turned "Flavor of Love" reality TV star Flava-Flav will not be going to prison ... at least not today. Facing 180 days in jail for falling behind in child support to the tune of $110,000.00, "Flav" narrowly dodged jail time by paying nearly $25,000.00 of his total debt, the balance of which is to be paid over time. Flav appeared in Albany County Family Court on June 19, 2012 to contest the debt and stated, "No matter what's in the media, I am a good father to all 7 of my children. I'll never let my family do without!" The father of seven added, "I do the best that I can with what I got and I try to make it work, and any man that doesn't take care of his kids is not a real man and he doesn't get good luck."