Georgia Rules that IVF Babies Have No Legal Father

by Admin on October 17, 2017

According to, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it’s possible for babies to have no legal parents.

The case concerns babies conceived by IVF with both sperm and eggs given by donors. The state laws for artificial insemination don’t cover this method, since they were written in 1964, long before it was developed.

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According to Justice Carol Hunstein, the legislation, 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 plaintiff in the case, Jocelyn Vanterpool, had filed a paternity lawsuit against her ex-husband, David Patton. Shortly before their divorce was finalized, Vanterpool conceived twins through IVF using anonymous donors. Patton had provided written consent for the procedure, but later claimed this was given under duress and won the case.

David Purvis, Vanterpool’s attorney, explained the court’s ruling. “The result is, these children—in this case and other children—are unable to establish paternity and be legitimated,” he said.

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