In-vitro twins born to American, denied citizenship
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In-vitro twins born to American, denied citizenship

Jerusalem : Israel | Apr 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM PDT
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A pair of twin girls have been denied U.S. citizenship because it is not clear to whom the sperms and eggs belong to.

An American woman is going all out to show her resentment over the fact that her twins have been denied American citizenship. The twins may have come from the womb of a Chicago native, but officials are saying that the children are not American citizens since it is not clear who the egg and sperm donors were. Now the twins are without a country.

Ellie Lavi is an American national living in Israel. She wanted her children to be American. Lavi is a single mother who chose to have children through in-vitro fertilization rather than regular conception. She is in her 40s and used donor sperms and eggs from a clinic in Israel to conceive her twins. Her twin daughters are now two-and-a-half-year-old and named Maya and Shira. It has been quite a few months since Ellie started trying to gain American citizenship for her daughters. The U.S. State Department has refused to grant citizenship to her daughters, as she cannot prove that any of the sperm and egg donors were American citizens.

Ellie Lavi recently gave an interview to NBC News, saying that she was embarrassed to had been treated the way she was when she went to the U.S. Embassy in Israel to register her children. She said that she was asked over a loudspeaker, in a crowded room, that how she conceived her children. She said that after a set of few more embarrassing questions, she just left the embassy in tears.

According to U.S. laws, children who are adopted by U.S. citizens or born to foreign citizens in the U.S. are granted status as Americans. However, children born to U.S. citizens abroad through in-vitro fertilization are denied U.S. citizenship, since it is not known who the sperm and egg donors are. This law was created so that people do no fraudulently attain American citizenship.

Samantha86 is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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