Chinese Infants Born to Chicago-Area Surrogates Are Stranded in the U.S. Without Their Parents, Due to COVID-19: ‘I Am Missing This Kid Every Minute.’

By Nara Schoenberg | Chicago Tribune | July 22, 2020

Vicky Li, a former employee at a Chicago based surrogacy agency, and her husband, Jerry Wu, have volunteered to care for two children born to surrogates until the parents can fly to the US from China. Hundreds of intended parents from other countries have not been able to come to the US to pick up their children born to surrogates, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. According to the article, the babies are being cared for by an impromptu collection of surrogates, agency employees, baby nurses, family friends and relatives.

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‘Equal Parentage’ Bill Is Signed Into Law by Governor

By Katie Mulvaney | Providence Journal | July 21, 2020

On July 21, the Equal Parentage bill was passed in Rhode Island, giving same-sex couples, unmarried people, and others who have children through assisted reproduction technologies an avenue to establish legal parentage at birth. The bill eliminates the need for non-birth parents to complete “second-parent” adoptions, addresses some aspects of surrogacy arrangements, and provides guidance for children conceived through sperm donation to find information on the donor when they turn 18.

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Stateless Children and Parents Who Are Legal ‘Strangers’: The Irish Families Left in Limbo

By Peter McGuire | thejournal.ie | July 14, 2020

This article provides a brief history of the rights of parents in Ireland whose children are conceived through assisted reproduction. The author posits that legal protections for children conceived outside traditional heterosexual relationships still fall short. For example, birth certificates of children born to same-sex couples do not recognize both parents as legal guardians. In one case, an Irish couple who conceived a child with the help of a surrogate in the United States had to sign an affidavit stating that one parent is a legal stranger in order to attain an Irish passport for their newborn. Despite recommendations from the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR), the article asserts that legislation has yet to be made to make assisted reproduction more accessible for all family structures involved.

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Survey Shows Surprising Number of Surrogate Births

Swiss Info | June 28, 2020

In Switzerland, where surrogacy is banned, more couples are turning to international commercial surrogacy. In the past year, the number of children born to surrogates abroad doubled, most born in the United States, followed by Ukraine and Canada.

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Surrogacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 By Marla Neufeld | Lexology | June 25, 2020

With worldwide travel restrictions, closed courthouses, and limited governmental staff at critical offices, attorney Marla Neufeld updates recommendations regarding surrogacy arrangements in the US in the face of COVID-19. These include re-evaluating surrogacy agreements, determining whether health insurance policies for surrogates will cover COVID-19 treatments, and setting up contingency plans when unable to reach the US or return home.

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We Missed Our Baby’s Birth Because of Covid-19

Outlook | BBC Sounds | June 16, 2020

In this BBC World Service podcast, Emily Webb interviews Patrick and Enitan Goredema from Canada about their experience becoming parents during COVID-19. They discuss their earlier struggle with infertility and IVF, cultural attitudes toward infertility in their home countries of Zimbabwe and Nigeria, and dynamics around the race of the surrogate. Patrick and Enitan describe the process of undergoing egg retrieval abroad, Skyping with the surrogate, and having to cross two borders and quarantine in Georgia before meeting their child. 

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