US Ends Policy of Denying Citizenship to Children Born of IVF or Surrogacy
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On May 19 2021, the US State Department announced it will now approve U.S. citizenship for children born abroad to same-sex or heterosexual American parents via in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and by other assisted reproductive means.
As reported by NPR, the child must be born abroad to married parents and at least one of the parents has to be a U.S. citizen. The child must have biological ties to at least one parent.
This policy acknowledges "the realities of modern families" and advances in assisted reproductive technology.
"[The new policy] is a remarkable moment for all the LGBTQ families who fought the U.S. State Department's unconstitutional policy," said Aaron Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigration rights organization behind several federal lawsuits challenging the State Department's previous standard.
"It demonstrates that when our community is united and relentlessly pushes back against discrimination, we win. We have once again affirmed that it is not biology but love that makes a family," Morris said.