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Using donated embryo

29 December, 2005

Question:

In your answer on embryo donation the issue of a Jewish couple donating an embryo was briefly touched upon. But what about a Jewish couple using a donated embryo in which the sperm was from a Gentile?


Answer:

Thank you for your feedback.

While (as we discussed in our response) an embryo from a Jewish couple could raise questions about unwitting future incest, an embryo from a non-Jewish couple can raise questions about the child’s religious status.

Therefore, a Jewish couple considering receiving an embryo donation should seek halachic guidance. We offer personal consultations with a Nishmat Fertility Counselor, a Yoetzet Halacha who has completed additional specialized training in this area. Consultations are free and can take place in person, by phone, or via internet conference.

This response was updated on 12 April, 2021.


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