I had an interesting discussion with a friend over if being the biological parent of a child gives you "rights" over the child. I know the legal system seems to think so. My opinion is just because you created the child doesn't mean you get rights that you don't earn. There are so many instances of children being abused and then sent BACK to live with their biological parent(s) because the parents have "rights." Or of a biological parent not being a good mom or dad and then the step parent really taking on the role but always getting shafted because legally the child is not theirs. I have no personal experience with this other than I'm adopted and don't know my biological parents. But if I did, they wouldn't be my parents, nor would they have rights (although luckily with adoption they gave up those rights) in my mind. My parents took on the role, they raised me and they earned the rights to be mommy and daddy. I think being a Mom or a Dad is more than contributing an egg or sperm. Just curious as to what you all think and what experiences you've had.