This Workshop at Lavender Law will explore a variety of LGBTQ+ issues in family law and the ways that recent legal and technological developments have impacted, and will impact, the rights of LGBTQ+ parents and families. First, we will address family building and the right to reproduce. We will explore socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and political issues of Parentage, Surrogacy, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Inequality and Marriage equality, and the barriers or hurdles LGBT+ families face. This will include both a domestic and global perspective on the portability and legitimacy of parental status, and a consideration of technological and biological issues such as the role of conception as a result of sex in an LGBT context. Then, we will discuss the future of ART insurance coverage of infertility services and discriminatory definitions of infertility under the ACA, such as exclusions of lesbian couples. Additionally, we will tackle growing trends in reproductive technology and their ethical and legal issues, as well as efforts to protect the religious and conscious freedom of health workers on religious and moral objections. By considering several facets of reproductive and parental rights in an LGBT context, this workshop will assess how different legal developments have impacted, and may impact, individual reproductive rights including genetic and bio donor rights, parental rights, and LGBTQ+ parents’ rights to reproductive technology.
Location: Franklin 12
Speakers: Diana Adams (Chosen Family Law Center, Inc.); Celeste Fiore (Argentino Family Law); Amira Hasenbush (Law Office of Amira Hasenbush); Angie Martell (Iglesia Martell Law Firm); Nancy Polikoff (American University Washington College of Law)