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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American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

By Gregory Warner | Rough Translation, NPR | April 29, 2020

In 2017, NPR ran a story of a Chinese woman who hired an American surrogate, what brought them together, and the challenges in their relationship. The original podcast is followed by interviews of the two women providing updates about their lives during the time of COVID-19.

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Researching the Risks of Donating Human Eggs

The Takeaway | WNYC Studios | May 6, 2019

In this podcast, guest Diane Tober, anthropologist and assistant professor at the University of San Fransisco, lifts the veil on the practice of donating eggs in the United States. Tober points out that donating eggs is an invasive procedure that is much riskier than advertised. The lack of research on the short- and long-term effects of egg provision, she says, complicates the concept of informed consent.

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Podcast: Misconceptions

Misconceptions
By Reveal | The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX | Sept. 15, 2018

Originally broadcast in June 2017, around the 40th anniversary of in vitro fertilization, this podcast follows a couple that “puts its trust in a fertility clinic that promises more than it can deliver.” It explores the world of fertility treatment and the clinics and intended parents it brings together with promises of forming families.

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Podcast: Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Ethics and Emerging Technologies
By Mark Sackler | Seeking Delphi | March 30, 2017

Listen to James J. Hughes, director of The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies on the ethics of emerging technologies – including those used for human gene editing – and the challenges to public policy in dealing with resulting social and economic changes.

Podcast: Birthstory

Birthstory
By Molly Webster | Radiolab, WNYC Studios | Nov. 22, 2015

Birthstory is a collaboration with the radio show and podcast Israel Story, It traces the journey of a gay couple from Israel that travel to Nepal to pick up their surrogacy-delivered children. While there, Nepal is hit by a devastating earthquake, resulting in the controversial decision by the Israeli government to evacuate its citizens – and their children – but leave behind the gestational mothers. The story follows the couple home, their efforts to contact the (two) gestational mothers, and their reactions on hearing how the women have been treated by the agency in between.

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