Roe reversal may threaten already fragile LGBTQ family-planning landscape

Following Roe v. Wade reversal, LGBTQ prospective parents should consult with attorneys versed in the specific laws of their state before family planning, experts say.

Before the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision was overturned, the family-building landscape for LGBTQ couples was already fraught with legal and financial obstacles. But now, with the uncertainty following the Roe reversal in June — including how it may affect the legality of certain reproductive procedures — health and legal experts are advising LGBTQ prospective parents to consult with attorneys versed in the specific laws of their states before they begin their family-planning journeys.

Primary care physician Eric Kutscher and his husband, medical student Lala Tanmoy Das, of New York, are starting a family, which they have been thinking about doing for years. 

“We talked about having kids literally on our second date,” Das said.

The couple have already gone through in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which entailed using the sperm of one of the men to fertilize a donated egg. The next step on their journey is to find a surrogate to carry the embryo to term. However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade has given them pause. 

Primary care physician Eric Kutscher with his husband, medical student Lala Tanmoy Das, of New York.Courtesy Henriette KutscherMany potential surrogates live in states that have restricted abortion access after the high court decision, Das and Kutscher noted, and should there be a complication during the pregnancy, they do not want their surrogate’s options limited. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-health-and-wellness/roe-reversal-may-threaten-already-fragile-lgbtq-family-planning-landsc-rcna40955


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