A pregnant woman in the United States will have to wait at least six months to conceive a baby after her doctor impregnates her with a donor’s sperm, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Jennifer Marie Marescu, 35, had to undergo three months of IVF treatments before she and her boyfriend were able to conceive their first child, the judge said.
“The Court finds that the State has a compelling interest in protecting the health and welfare of the child, including the health of its mother, in the case of a pregnancy resulting from impotency,” U.S. District Judge James Peterson wrote.
“The State’s interest is compelling, but it is not absolute.”
Marescu was denied the right to the procedure because the man, whose identity is protected by the judge’s order, was not a U.A.E. State Department employee, according to a lawyer for the couple.
In April, the state said the couple had been forced to delay the procedure as they pursued an abortion in light of the Zika virus outbreak.