Proposed Updates to Canada’s Surrogacy Regulations

These three articles in The Conversation tackle different perspectives and angles on the debates surrounding compensation and health care for surrogates and egg providers in Canada.

Paying Surrogates, Sperm and Egg Donors Goes Against Canadian Values by Françoise Baylis and Alana Cattapan

Egg Donors and Surrogates Need High-Quality Care by Françoise Baylis and Alana Cattapan

When Women Are Surrogate Mothers: Is That Work? by Alana Cattapan and Angela Cameron

UN Call to Stop Criminalisation of Surrogates in Cambodia

By Lea Goetz | BioNews | November 18, 2019

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has condemned the decision by the Cambodian government to require that 30 surrogates, previously imprisoned for ‘cross-border human trafficking,’ raise the children they carried for intended parents living outside the country.

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SPH Hosts a Talk on Surrogacy, Gene Editing, and Egg Provision

AUA Newsroom | November 12, 2019

In her talk at the American University of Armenia Turpanjian School of Public Health, Judy Norsigian, founding member of Our Bodies, Ourselves, spoke about the rapid expansion of global commercial surrogacy; the lack of consideration for the health and well-being of gestational mothers and children born of surrogacy; the importance of advancing best practices and human rights in both surrogacy and egg retrieval; and the need to be cautious about human genome modification. 

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Dartmouth Couple Takes on CRA Over Surrogacy Costs

By Shaina Luck | CBC News | October 28, 2019

Shelly Lyn Maynard and her husband, Mark Foley, are a Nova Scotia couple who formed their family through surrogacy. As this articles explains, they are now pursuing a Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge to a Canadian Revenue Agency policy they claim creates undue hardship for intended parents.

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India Poised To Restrict Surrogate Pregnancies – Analysis

By Neeta Lal | EurasiaReview | October 27, 2019

India is poised to pass a bill that will outlaw commercial surrogacy and impose restrictions on altruistic surrogacy that exclude single people and same-sex couples. This comprehensive article breaks down the perspectives offered by both supporters and critics of the bill.

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Parents Via Surrogacy Can Experience Postpartum Depression, Doc Shows

By Morgan Brinlee | Romper | October 25, 2019

A new documentary from Independent Lens called Made in Boise tells the stories of four Idaho women who act as surrogates and the intended parents who compensate them for carrying pregnancies. As this article and video clip explain, one of the surprises in the documentary is the revelation that some intended parents experience postpartum depression after the births of their babies.

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