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In re Marriage of Buzzanca


California has formulated a rule of law that will help avoid the situation of a "parentless" child becoming the state's responsibility. The ruling also extended comprehensive legal protection to couples considering the use of donated gametes. Because of the ruling in In re Marriage of Buzzanca, it is no longer necessary for an intended mother to pursue a stepparent adoption. All intended parents can now finalize their parental rights through a judgment of maternity and paternity. This allows the initial birth certificate to be issued in the names of the intended parents. Thus an amended birth certificate does not need to be issued later.

At a symposium called "Changing Conceptions: How Science and Law Are Shaping Future Generations" at Chicago-Kent College of Law, several experts commented on the Buzzanca case. Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania said, "It's unacceptable to have a parentless child." R. Alta Charo, associate professor of law and medical ethics at the University of Wisconsin believes that Jaycee Louise Buzzanca has many parents. "The courts have not recognized that. The definition of legal parenthood is still the question. They should all be considered parents and worry about the custodial issue within that group." Some experts in the field have called for a U.S. regulatory system for new reproductive technologies to protect the welfare of the children created and to clarify the rights and responsibilities of the adults involved.

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