Assisted Reproduction Crime Network in Greece Highlights Need for Monitoring Surrogacy

By Katia Neofytou | BioNews | October 21, 2019

Authorities in Thessaloniki, Greece (where altruistic surrogacy is legal), have arrested at least 20 people involved in an organized crime ring that illegally brokered assisted reproduction activities and reportedly sold children. This article explores the question, “What does this case mean for Greek surrogacy?”

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The U.S. Needs a Sperm Donor Registry

By Robert Klitzman | Slate | October 18, 2019

A new TV drama explores the devastating real-life scenario of fertility doctors impregnating large numbers of patients with their own genetic material. This article looks at the multiple problems linked to anonymous egg and sperm donation that could potentially be mitigated with a donor registry.

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Do the Law Commissions’ Proposals for Surrogacy Reform Have the Child’s Welfare at Heart?

By Catherine Hill | BioNews | September 30, 2019

Surrogacy legislation in Scotland has not been updated since 1985. This article summarizes the proceedings at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and the Scottish Government’s joint public event, during which potential changes to the law were debated by doctors, academics, surrogates, and others, with an emphasis on safety for surrogates and children.

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Delhi: Surrogate Hides Health Information, Dies Bearing Twins

By Durgesh Nandan Jha | The Times of India | September 30, 2019

A tragic case in India illustrates why many medical practitioners hope the Surrogacy Regulation Bill will ultimately become law. Union health minister describes regulating surrogacy as “the need of the hour” and estimates that between 2,000 and 3,000 surrogacy clinics are operating illegally in the country currently.

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My American Surrogate

By Leslie Tai | The New York Times | September 24, 2019

This article and video tell the story of Qiqi, an entrepreneurial woman from China who has made a name for herself connecting Chinese intended parents with American surrogates. Content warning: This video depicts a live birth.

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Nearly Half of Surrogates Are Doing it for a Friend

By Caitlin Fitzsimmons | The Sydney Morning Herald | September 22, 2019

New research out of Australia, where commercial surrogacy is illegal, shows that friends are overtaking family members as the most likely people to act as altruistic surrogates in that country.

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