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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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Surrogacy: Why the world needs rules for ‘selling’ babies

By Claire Fenton-Glynn | BBC News | April 26, 2019

There are multiple kinds of surrogacy, and surrogacy laws differ all over the world. These differences have led to some tragic and high-profile cases of surrogacy arrangement gone wrong. They’ve also exacerbated the unlikelihood of agreed-upon global regulations. As this article explains: the global surrogacy market has sprung up due to the inconsistency of laws around the world, but it is because of these differences that they are unable to regulate the practice effectively.

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When Pregnancy Is a Job: Surrogacy in Policy and Practice

By April Hovav | Gender & Society | April 2, 2019

Researcher April Hovav explains the “altruism/commercialism dichotomy” and how it can work against surrogates by undermining their ability to advocate for just and equitable compensation and working conditions.

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Gay couple in Canada receive Irish passport for son but remain in ‘legal limbo’

By Ciara Kenny | The Irish Times | March 6, 2019

Two years after the birth of their son in Canada, a gay couple from Ireland finally have proof of his Irish citizenship, but do not share full legal custody in the eyes of their home country. This article tells the story of a family caught in an expensive international back-and-forth that is still only partly resolved despite the passage of the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

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Spain to reject registration of babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine

By Marta Rodriguez Martinez and Rachael Kennedy | Euronews | Feb. 20, 2019

The Spanish government is blocking the return of babies born to surrogates in Ukraine, the second time the government has challenged births through international surrogacy. Compensated surrogacy is illegal in Spain. Ukraine has become a “hotspot” for intended parents whose home country does not allow surrogacy. The article has an interactive map of regulation in Europe.

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Ireland’s proposed surrogacy laws fail to acknowledge international arrangements

By Brian Tobin | BioNews | Feb. 11, 2019

Ireland has the second highest rate of surrogacy in the world, despite the fact that intended parents who enter into international surrogacy arrangements are not recognized as legal parents upon their return to Ireland. Ireland’s new proposed surrogacy laws, contained in the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, will only allow for domestic, altruistic, gestational surrogacy and will leave those who engage in compensated international surrogacy without protection. This opinion piece argues for a child-centered approach in surrogacy regulation, one which recognizes the intended parents of the child, including those who hire surrogates in another country and gay couples where the non-genetic parent is currently not recognized.

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