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New Technology and the Need for Updated Estate Law

A woman has treatable cancer, but fears that the radiation treatment she will have to undergo will prevent her from ever having children in the future. She and her husband decide to seek the assistance of a reproductive technologies center in order to preserve a number of her eggs in the event that she loses the ability to bear children.

In the past decade, the number of people seeking help from reproductive technology has doubled. Across the country, families and legislators have had to come to terms with new possibilities in family planning and the problems that can arise when the laws governing estates are not adequate to the task.

As Margaret Collins reports for Bloomberg, some states have amended the laws governing estates to account for these new possibilities. On the other end, some give no rights to children born through assisted reproduction unless they are specifically accounted for in a will.

A great number of states simply haven't come to any sort of terms with these new possibilities, so the issue is a bit of a grey area.

However, as the use of reproductive technology grows, it seems unlikely that states that haven't already confronted these issues will be able to continue ignoring them.

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