Cambridge University in England has been conducting research studies that offer hope to same-sex couples and couples struggling to conceive. They have taken steps towards creating artificial sperm and eggs.

The study includes taking skin cells from adults and converting them into embryonic-like stem cells. This means same-sex couples could one day have biological children. It also offers hope to couples who are struggling to conceive.  The research conducted at Cambridge University was primarily funded by the following groups: Wellcome Trust, and the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership.

While it is in the early days of research, many believe this first step is a giant success. Dr. Jacob Hanna explained, “We have succeeded in the first and most important step of the process.” The next steps include creating fully developed artificial sperm and eggs, with experiments being conducted in a dish or by implanting rodents.

Hanna reminds the community that they are still a long ways away from creating a baby through these artificial means. “It is really important to emphasize that while this scenario might be technically possible and feasible, it is remote at this stage and many challenges need to be overcome. Further there are very serious ethical and safety issues to be considered when and if such scenarios become considered in the distant future.”

While the scenario may be in the distant future, it still has many couples excited, especially those in the LGBT community. Hanna said, “It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex.”

Adoption Laws in AZ
This research offers great promise to many couples. Unfortunately, as Hanna mentioned, it is still a ways off. Until then, one option for same-sex couples in Arizona is adoption. According to A.R.S. 8-103, any adult AZ resident may be eligible to qualify for adoption.

Taking on the adoption process is not easy. There are many standards and qualifications that must be met. A variety of issues will be checked including, but not limited to:

  • Marital status of the applicant: length, stablity
  • The child’s wishes
  • The wishes of the biological parents

Arizona Family Law Attorney
If you and your spouse are looking to expand your family, it can be an exciting and complicated process. Contact the family law team at JacksonWhite; our adoption attorneys can offer you guidance, support, and expertise as you weigh your options. With our legal support, you can determine what you need to do in order to adopt a child. JacksonWhite family law attorney Tim Durkin has helped many families in Arizona. Contact 480-779-7972 to schedule an appointment today!