Colorado law protects families using assisted reproduction



Anagha Srikanth

Coloradans conceived through assisted reproduction can now access crucial medical information.

It’s Pride Month, and a lot of bad things are happening in the war on LGBTQ people in America. But we wanted to start by highlighting some of the good ones – in this case, a Rewire Press Group state spotlight on Colorado.

A week after signing “Marlo’s Law”, which establishes legal protections for families formed through assisted reproduction, the governor of Colorado, Jared Polis sign the “Law on the Protection of Persons Conceived by Donors and Families of Persons Conceived by Donors” last Thursday.

Fast rewind: “Marlo’s Law” is named after the child of the bill’s lead co-sponsor, House Democratic Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, and affirms parentage by adoption regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status.

Now, Colorado SB 22-224 guarantees people conceived through assisted reproduction access to limited information on important donors: non-identifying medical information for all and identifying information for people over 18 years of age.

The law protects the anonymity of gamete donors while establishing guarantees for beneficiary families and the person conceived, such as increasing the minimum age of donor eligibility and setting an overall limit to the number of families who can use a donor.

Advocacy groups like GLAD and Family Equality have praised the law for its sweeping protections for LGBTQ parents.

“We commend the thoughtful approach taken in Colorado to encourage openness to donor-conceived people while protecting against discrimination or increased barriers to family formation and, most importantly, ensuring legal certainty and recognition of families formed through assisted reproduction,” Patience Crozier, senior attorney at GLAD, said in a press release.

As people across the country celebrated LGBTQ Families Day, Coloradans set a new standard to protect LGBTQ families that activists are now fighting to replicate. Next : Massachusetts.

This post was adapted from a Twitter feed.


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