Assisted Reproductive Medicine in Ukraine Needs Legislative Regulation

Interfax-Ukraine | May 19, 2020

Olena Babych, a lawyer specializing in the field of reproductive law in Ukraine, calls for legislative regulation of assisted reproductive medicine in Ukraine, in particular surrogacy. Heads of the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine report that a corresponding bill has been submitted to Parliament addressing assisted reproduction overall. Efforts are also underway to allow parents to come into Ukraine to pick up children born through surrogacy who are stranded in facilities because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

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Surrogacy Is Complicated—Then Add a Global Pandemic

By Daniela Prugger And Oksana Parafeniuk | Marie Claire | May 17, 2020

In the wake of a video highlighting the state of surrogacy in Ukraine during COVID-19, Arina, a surrogate in Ukraine, shares her experience in lockdown. She is 28 weeks pregnant and separated from her children in another city, and the intended parents are currently unable to fly into Ukraine due to closed borders. She lists a number of concerns, including how the pandemic protocols will impact her birth plan and who will care for the child after she gives birth.

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100 Babies Stranded in Ukraine After Surrogate Births

By Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times | May 16, 2020

This article not only covers the situation in Ukraine, where at least 100 babies born to surrogates are stranded in a hotel, but also provides background on surrogacy practices in a country at war and the poorest nation in Europe.

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Will 51 Mothers Ever See Their Babies Trapped in Coronavirus Lockdown?

By Anna Nemtsova | The Daily Beast | May 14, 2020

Since Ukraine has closed its borders to foreign travel due to COVID-19, the number of children born to surrogate mothers continues to rise. As intended parents are unable to travel to their children, BioTexCom, a surrogacy agency in Ukraine, has since released a video showing the rows of cribs in a hotel where babysitters are caring for 50+ newborns. Hundreds more will be born in coming months.  This article highlights how the lack of regulation in Ukraine has led to terrible conditions for surrogates, uncertainty for intended parents and children, and exacerbated conditions in lockdown.

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Gujarat: Babies Stuck in Surrogacy Hub, Parents Wait for Travel Nod

By Aditi Raja | The Indian Express | May 5, 2020

Among those stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown are more than a dozen newborns in Gujarat, India. This article highlights the Akanksha Infertility Centre, one of the biggest surrogacy facilities in the country, and how they have been dealing with the impact of the travel restrictions. According to the article, some of the babies have been waiting for more than a month for their biological parents to take them home. Staff and the NICU doctor are caring for them in the meantime.

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Should the NHS be Liable for Commercial Surrogacy Expenses?

By William Edis QC | Law Pod UK | May 1, 2020

In the UK, compensation for surrogacy is unlawful. However, one woman in the UK sought damages to pay for an arranged surrogacy in the United States after a UK hospital had left her unable to have a child. In this podcast by Law Pod UK, Rosalind English interviews William Edis to talk about the recent Supreme Court ruling. The interviewee makes an argument that commercial surrogacy should continue to be prohibited in the UK.

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