Surrogacy360 was created by the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) and Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), two non-profit organizations with a longstanding partnership to raise awareness about the social justice and human rights implications of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). CGS and OBOS work together to advocate for policies and practices that advance reproductive, LGBTQ, disability, and racial justice in the ART landscape. Areas of focus include health, safety, equity, and ethical issues with regard to surrogacy, egg retrieval, in vitro fertilization, and controversial proposals to use human gene editing for reproduction.
CGS and OBOS launched Surrogacy360 in 2016 as a unique resource for individuals and organizations seeking information independent of industry influence.
Surrogacy360 is funded through the generous support of the Open Society Foundations.
Center for Genetics and Society
The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS), a project of the Tides Center, is a non-profit organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective governance of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies. CGS focuses on mobilizing scholars, social justice activists, scientists, and bioethicists to help shape public debate and policies on human biotechnologies. By bringing together a diverse network of key organizations and thought leaders, CGS hopes to promote equity and foster pivotal conversations and broad societal consensus on how human genetic and reproductive technologies—current and emerging—affect us all.
CGS’s past and current funders on assisted reproduction and international commercial surrogacy include the Open Society Foundations, Appleton Foundation, Lyman B. Brainerd Jr. Family Foundation, Heimbinder Family Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Marisla Foundation, and Winiarski Family Foundation.
Our Bodies Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality. OBOS also addresses the social, economic, and political conditions that affect health care access and quality of care. The organization’s signature publication, Our Bodies, Ourselves, is one of 88 books included in the Library of Congress exhibit Books That Shaped America.
The OBOS Global Initiative works with women’s organizations around the world that have translated and adapted Our Bodies, Ourselves to their countries’ unique cultural needs. Many of these groups are addressing assisted reproductive technologies via their own work and in collaboration with OBOS.
OBOS’s past and current funders on assisted reproduction and international commercial surrogacy include the Open Society Foundations, Appleton Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Foundation for a Just Society.