New Colorado Law Protects Children, Families Conceived Via Assisted Reproduction

Coloradans conceived via assisted reproduction can now access crucial medical information.

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Colorado recently enacted two laws providing protections for LGBTQ families who conceive via assisted reproduction. Kait Herzog/Unsplash

It’s Pride Month, and there are a lot of bad things happening in the war against LGBTQ people in the United States. But we wanted to start by highlighting some of the good—in this case, Colorado.

A week after signing “Marlo’s Law,” which establishes legal protections for families formed via assisted reproduction, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the “Donor-conceived Persons and Families of Donor-conceived Persons Protection Act” last Thursday.

Quick rewind: “Marlo’s Law” is named for the child of the bill’s co-prime sponsor, Democratic House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar, and affirms parentage by adoption regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Now, Colorado SB 22-224 guarantees people conceived via assisted reproduction access to limited important donor information: non-identifying medical information for all and identifying information for those over age 18.

The law protects the anonymity of gamete donors while establishing safeguards for recipient families and the conceived person, such as raising the minimum donor eligibility age and setting a global limit on the number of families that can use a donor.

Advocacy groups like GLAD and Family Equality praised the law for its expanded protections for LGBTQ parents.

“We applaud the thoughtful approach taken in Colorado to encourage openness for donor-conceived people while at the same time guarding against discrimination or increased barriers in family building and, importantly, ensuring legal security and recognition for families formed through assisted reproduction,” Patience Crozier, senior staff attorney for GLAD, said in a statement.

As people across the nation celebrated LGBTQ Families Day, Coloradans established a new standard for protecting LGBTQ families that activists are now fighting to replicate. Next up: Massachusetts.

This post was adapted from a Twitter thread.