The Stranded Babies of Kyiv and the Women who Give Birth for Money

By Oksana Grytsenko | The Guardian | June 15, 2020

This article exposes the scale and problematic nature of the surrogacy industry in Ukraine, with the COVID crisis exacerbating conditions even more. The ombudsman for children is now calling for a ban on commercial surrogacy in Ukraine for foreign couples. Without sufficient regulation and protections in place, surrogates in Ukraine are beginning to self-organize on social media, where they share advice and warnings about agencies, and expose increased mistreatment during the pandemic.

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Irish Man ‘Stranded’ in Russia with Baby Appeals for Help to Bring Her Home

By Conor Pope | The Irish Times | June 12, 2020

Oliver James, an Irish citizen living in London, traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, in April to meet his newborn baby born to a surrogate. He has spent 8 weeks trying to get travel documents to return home, but it seems the no one has yet reviewed his paperwork. Without Irish recognition of James as father of the child (established through a paternity test), his funds running low, and risk of becoming homeless, he is desperate for the Irish embassy to help them get home soon.

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The Surrogate Movie Review

By Nell Minow | Roger Ebert | June 12, 2020

“The Surrogate” is new movie from the US about Jess, a woman who agrees to be a surrogate for her best friends, Josh and Aaron. The film delves into the relationship between Jess and her friends after the fetus tests positive for Down syndrome, and the unique position Jess is put in. This review praises the film for centering real and difficult conversations related to surrogacy, abortion, and the lives of people with disabilities, and illuminating dynamics around race, gender, and sexual orientation. The trailer for the film is available here.

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Results Are In, Your Surrogacy Is NOT Covered By Insurance

By Ellen Trachman | Above The Law | June 3, 2020

This article details a recent court case trial in Colorado that denied Wendy Moon insurance coverage for her second pregnancy as a surrogate. Her first surrogacy pregnancy was covered, but medical coding changed to indicate the pregnancy as a gestational surrogate, which was explicitly not covered in the insurance plan. As of now, Nevada and Wisconsin are the only two states in the country where insurers are not permitted to exclude coverage for the medical expenses of a gestational carrier.

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Kolkata: For Single Dad, It’s Two for Joy as he Meets Newborns After Nearly Two Months

By Tamaghna Banerjee | The Times of India | May 30, 2020

Abhishek Paul, a young single father from Kolkata living in Salt Lake City, Iowa, finally got to meet his newborn twins 57 days after they were born to a surrogate in Delhi. Due to the COVID lockdown and then cyclone Amphan, Paul was not able to travel to Delhi until May 29. The babies remained at the hospital’s child care center, cared for by the staff, who sent daily videos to Paul until he arrived to pick up his sons.

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Surrogacy, Assisted Reproduction, and COVID: Stark Problems, Underlying Concerns

By Emily Galpern | Center for Genetics and Society | May 27, 2020

This blogpost provides an overview of the numerous unsettling situations that have arisen since COVID-19 changed the landscape of assisted reproduction and international surrogacy.  It shows how the pandemic is illuminating pre-existing problems related to assisted reproduction and surrogacy, highlights the need for stronger regulations, and calls for input from all who will be affected.

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