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Egg donation and conversion

16 February, 2004

Question:

If a woman receives a donor egg as part of her IVF treatment, and the egg donor is not Jewish, is the child required to convert in a mikveh once born?
Or is there any ritual for the woman while she is pregnant with the donor egg that can render the baby Jewish?
Thanks!


Answer:

Determining who is the mother of a child born from an egg donor is a matter of halachic debate. If the birth mother is considered the mother, then the child would not need conversion. But if the egg donor is considered the mother, then the child would need conversion.  If this is an actual practical situation, then a specific question should be asked of a rabbi. If you (or the mother in question) do not have a rabbi to whom you can turn for such a psak, please get back to us.


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