Govt working to update surrogacy laws

Otago Daily Times | May 31, 2023

New Zealand is working on updates to its surrogacy laws. Potential impacts include a new process rather than adoption to grant legal parentage, a surrogacy birth register, and a process to accommodate international surrogacy arrangements.

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Ukraine Considers Surrogacy Regulations In Wartime

Above the Law | May 31, 2023

In April 2023, the Ukrainian parliament considered and ultimately rejected legislation that would have paused surrogacy arrangements with foreign intended parents during wartime. 

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Khloe Kardashian praised for ‘honesty’ after admitting she felt ‘guilty’ about surrogate pregnancy

The Independent | May 28, 2023

Khloé Kardashian discussed her recent experience of having a child through a surrogate: “I wish someone was honest about surrogacy and the difference of it. That doesn’t mean it’s bad – it’s great, but it’s very different.”

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Couple moves HC over bar on donor gametes for surrogacy

The Times of India | May 16, 2023

A couple in Mumbai is challenging a recent rule change that allows only the use of gametes from intending parents for surrogacy (no donor gametes), on the grounds that the rule violates constitutional rights.

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Illegal surrogacy offenders face stiffer penalties

Bangkok Post | May 12, 2023

Although Thailand outlawed surrogacy in 2015, the industry still operates illegally. Now, the Department of Health is drafting an amendment to increase the penalties for brokers who facilitate surrogacy and for surrogates themselves.

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On Surrogacy, a Top Israeli Feminist Does the Nonfeminist Thing

Haaretz | May 8, 2023

Although advances make it possible for more people to have children via surrogacy, proper protections are needed to ensure that surrogates are not exploited.

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Surrogacy: Derry dads call for simpler laws in the UK

BBC | May 6, 2023

A Londonderry couple whose daughter was born via a surrogate have said UK surrogacy laws need to be simplified to make legal parentage possible for gay couples who have children through surrogacy.

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The hidden tax on same-sex couples in NZ

Stuff | April 24, 2023

In New Zealand, same-sex couples are denied access to public funding for infertility treatments, including surrogacy, that are available to heterosexual couples. This extra burden on same-sex couples only compounds existing inequalities.

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Ireland considers new surrogacy legislation

New legislation on surrogacy in Ireland is anticipated to be drafted, debated, and enacted by July of this year. These articles explain key elements of the proposed law as well as perspectives from parents who are hopeful they will have more legal rights.

Parents worried new Irish law will continue to ban international surrogacy ‘by stealth’ by Ellen Coyne, The Irish Independent

Surrogacy legislation should be enacted by summer, says ministerRTE

Surrogacy in Ireland: Will new legislation solve the legal issues for children and families? by Sonya Bruen, Lexology

‘Kate is my daughter — but the State still does not recognise me as her mammy’ by Suzanne Grennan, Irish Examiner

‘Solid ground for optimism’ in surrogacy recognition – High Court by Vivienne, Traynor, RTE


Proposed Reforms to UK Surrogacy Law

Proposed reforms to UK surrogacy law published by the Law Commissions of Scotland and England and Wales include a new “pathway” for intended parents to become legal parents as soon as the child is born, as well as a continued ban on payment for surrogacy. These articles explain or provide commentary on the proposed reforms as well as implications should they be implemented.

Surrogacy Law: What Is Intended… For Parents? For Surrogates? For Children? by Zaina Mahmoud, Progress Educational Trust

PET Podcast: Surrogacy Law – What Is Intended… For Parents? For Surrogates? For Children?by Sarah Norcross, Progress Educational Trust

Pandora’s box: Implications of surrogacy law reform proposals for birth registration by Thérèse Callus, Progress Educational Trust

Law Commissions’ proposals won’t achieve surrogacy modernisation by Natalie Gamble, Progress Educational Trust

Law Commissions publish draft surrogacy bill by Zoe Beketova, Progress Educational Trust

Intended parents should get legal status from birth, says British surrogacy review by Haroon Siddique, The Guardian

Surrogacy shake up in UK would create uneven treatment for birth mothers by Teresa Baron, The Conversation