I'm kind of amazed by this story. Maybe it's the way it's written.
The State Department's regulations do not consider kids conceived in vitro and born outside the US to US citizens to be eligible for US citizenship themselves.
The case in the USA today article is that of a US/Israeli mom whose kids were turned down for US citizenship:
An embassy staffer wanted to know whether Lavi got pregnant at a fertility clinic. She said yes and was told that her children were not eligible for citizenship unless she could prove that the egg or sperm used to create the embryo was from an American citizen.So yes, in vitro, but also, apparently, egg and sperm donors. Which, great, of course, but.
"The State Department says the donor determines citizenship," according to an Israeli US immigration lawyer. So isn't the logical thing, besides fixing the law, or, you know, lying about how a kid was conceived, to incorporate some kind of adoption documentation or proceeding into the embryo donation process? Or to initiate some kind of adoption proceeding immediately after the kid is born, even if only on paper?
Also, does this problem happen anywhere but Israel? Because this article feels almost entirely Israeli.
In Vitro Babies Denied US Citizenship [usatoday]
UPDATE: Thanks to Dr. Spouse in the comments for actually looking up the applicable regulation. Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by a Child Born Abroad [state.gov]