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.
This 24-minute film tells the story of a young woman preparing to meet the man who donated the sperm her mothers used to conceive her, and also meeting several of the 19 half-siblings who were “fathered” by the same donor.
Although the market for egg provision has dramatically expanded over the last few years, the US does very little to regulate this practice. This video offers multiple testimonials and perspectives on the potential ethical and medical risks of providing eggs. Note: While the bulk of this video is accurate and compelling, one of the interviewees makes two inaccurate statements. Contrary to his assertions, there are differences between providing eggs as a donor versus for one’s own fertility treatment, and there has not been sufficient research on the long-term effects of egg provision.
By Francoise Baylis | Dalhousie University | May 25, 2018
This short video, part of the series, “The Body Economy,” examines the regulation of egg provision in the context of Canada’s revised “Assisted Human Reproduction Act.” The film captures the complexity of the topic and interrogates how the new policy reflects and influences what we value and who we are as humans.
I’ve Met Hundreds of Egg Donors. This Is What I Have Learned.
By Raquel Cool | We Are Egg Donors | Dec. 26, 2017
Watch Raquel, co-founder of We Are Egg Donors, and others in its 1000+ member network share their experiences and concerns related to paid egg donation, from the risks associated with unethically high numbers of harvested eggs to the absence of data on the health of those that provide these eggs. This video was commissioned by Our Bodies Ourselves, as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to increase public awareness on issues related to egg retrieval.
We Are Egg Donors is the first advocacy group for egg providers created by egg providers. The group invites egg providers to share their stories and welcomes them into the network.
Read Cool’s personal account, describing the organization’s commitment to ensuring egg providers are informed, supported, safe, and connected to agencies that will advocate for them.
GIRE, a Mexico-based organization that has studied, documented, published, and advocated on international recently released a documentary on the practice in 2017. “Deseos” or “Longing” follows Mirna, a divorced gestational mother with three of her own and shines a critical light on the lack of regulation around surrogacy in Mexico.
Visit GIRE’s website and read the organization’s latest report on surrogacy in Mexico. In it, GIRE offers a comprehensive overview of the current status of surrogacy, the scope of the debate around the practice, legal frameworks, cases, and recommendations. The last includes, for example:
Legislation that defines surrogacy as a contract between gestational mothers and intended parents.
Decriminalization of all the parties involved, including any criminalization based on nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, and age.
Quality and confidential health and legal care for gestational mothers.
Guarantees that costs related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum be covered by intended parents (regardless of birth outcomes).
Contract revisions be contingent on the involvement of a competent notary/judge and consent of all parties.
Notifications of relevant state and federal authorities to avoid problems related to registration, legal parentage, and citizenship while contracts are valid or after birth.
Kim Kardashian recently revealed in an episode of the reality TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” that she wants to explore surrogacy for a third child with her partner, Kanye West.
“If you use a surrogate, nobody has to know the whole time,” her sister Kourtney says in a clip from the show. “You could have a baby for a year and nobody would even know.”
This Daily Mail article from Nov. 7 describes the episode. It also chronicles other comments Kim has made about her first two pregnancies and her experience in both of a life-threatening condition called placenta accreta. This is a clinical condition resulting from the placenta, part of whole, attaching to the uterine wall.