The U.S. has Few Regulations Compared to the Rest of the World

By Bianca Facchinei | Newsy | July 5, 2019

Although the market for egg provision has dramatically expanded over the last few years, the US does very little to regulate this practice. This video offers multiple testimonials and perspectives on the potential ethical and medical risks of providing eggs. Note: While the bulk of this video is accurate and compelling, one of the interviewees makes two inaccurate statements. Contrary to his assertions, there are differences between providing eggs as a donor versus for one’s own fertility treatment, and there has not been sufficient research on the long-term effects of egg provision.

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What Now? Grappling with Compensated Surrogacy Beyond the New York Bill

By Emily Galpern | Center for Genetics and Society | June 28, 2019

The failure of New York’s Child-Parent Security Act highlights the complexities of crafting surrogacy policy grounded in social justice principles. This article explains that, while addressing such considerations is no small task, it’s an important one: Policy efforts to legalize and regulate compensated surrogacy are ramping up in other states and will likely return to the New York State Legislature next year.

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The Case for Redefining Infertility

By Anna Louie Sussman | The New Yorker | June 18, 2019

Employers and insurance providers have different requirements for diagnosing infertility depending on the identity of the patient. This article explores how, despite the fact that infertility can affect anyone, our current definition of infertility is limited in scope and can lead to exclusionary treatment practices.

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The Bay Area Is an Incubator for the Future of Fertility

By Alexandra Suich Bass | The Economist 1843 | June 15, 2019 

This article summarizes the growing demand for surrogacy in the California Bay Area, especially within the tech industry. High salaries, entrepreneurial culture, and an advantageous legal system contribute to this new trend, and may be an indicator of where the rest of the country is heading.

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Surrogate Pregnancy Battle Pits Progressives Against Feminists

By Vivian Wang | The New York Times | June 12, 2019 

A New York State bill that would legalize commercial surrogacy has, despite strong progressive support, been faced with opposition from prominent feminists. This article summarizes positions on different sides of the debate surrounding the bill.

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Consultation on UK Surrogacy Law Begins

By Jennifer Willows | BioNews | June 10, 2019

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started a joint three-year review of UK surrogacy legislation. This article summarizes the proposals, which address two main issues with the current law: related expenses and parental orders.

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