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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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Assisted Reproduction Crime Network in Greece Highlights Need for Monitoring Surrogacy

By Katia Neofytou | BioNews | October 21, 2019

Authorities in Thessaloniki, Greece (where altruistic surrogacy is legal), have arrested at least 20 people involved in an organized crime ring that illegally brokered assisted reproduction activities and reportedly sold children. This article explores the question, “What does this case mean for Greek surrogacy?”

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The U.S. Needs a Sperm Donor Registry

By Robert Klitzman | Slate | October 18, 2019

A new TV drama explores the devastating real-life scenario of fertility doctors impregnating large numbers of patients with their own genetic material. This article looks at the multiple problems linked to anonymous egg and sperm donation that could potentially be mitigated with a donor registry.

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