Surrogacy in the News

Children’s views of surrogacy detailed in report given to UK law commissions

Irish Legal News | February 2, 2023

A new U.K. study asked young people born through surrogacy their views on surrogacy law. Children were positive about altruistic surrogacy involving an open contact, but were concerned about arrangements that involved financial compensation.

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Event Review: Future Directions in Surrogacy Law

Progress Educational Trust | January 23, 2023

The U.K. is in the process of reconsidering its surrogacy laws. Potential reforms include surrogacy birth registration, the process through which intended parents acquire legal parenthood, surrogates’ expenses, and how people born through surrogacy can access information about their origins.

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Commercialization of Surrogacy in India: The Effects of Globalisation

The Times of India | January 24, 2023

Surrogacy laws in India are caught between conflicting interests of stakeholders. The state aims to protect the surrogate from exploitation, but banning surrogacy may infringe on women’s right to reproductive autonomy and limit opportunities for parenthood.

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Israel has been an LGBTQ haven in the Middle East. Its new government could change that.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | January 17, 2023

The Israeli Supreme Court extended the right to have children via surrogates to same sex couples in 2021. But its new anti-LGBTQ government put these and other protections in jeopardy.

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Before Going To Fight, Many Ukrainians Are Freezing Their Sperm

The Economist | January 8 2023

The war in Ukraine upended international surrogacy there. Now clinics have pivoted to offering Ukrainian servicemen and women to freeze their sperm or eggs at low or no cost to preserve their chances to have children even if they are killed or injured in action. 

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Colombia’s Surrogacy Market: Buying a Baby for $4,000

Lucia Franco | El Pais | January 4 2023

Surrogacy is unregulated in Colombia and businesses take advantage of the vacuum to offer services. The absence of regulation leaves surrogates vulnerable to exploitation and allows clinics to make false claims, including that parents can select their baby’s skin color. 

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EU-wide Recognition of Surrogacy and Same-Sex Parenthood Proposed

Blair Sowry | Progress | December 19, 2022

New regulation would compel EU member states to recognize parentage for LGBTQ and all families created through surrogacy in other member states. The intent is to support LGBTQ equality and rights of the child. But Poland may veto the proposal.

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Why Egg Donors Need to be Brought Out of the Shadows in Surrogacy Arrangements

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw & Nina Barnsley | Progress | December 19, 2022

While research and discussions around surrogacy increasingly address relationships between surrogates and intended parents, they often fail to include egg donors, leading to marginalization of donors and lack of full knowledge of genetic origins for donor conceived people. 

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Global Surrogacy Agency Accused of Putting Women at Risk With ‘Unethical’ Medical Procedures

Shanti Das & Simon Bowers & Malia Politzer | The Guardian | December 18, 2022

UK surrogacy laws require intended parents to apply to become legal parents, which can take up to a year to be finalized. In the meantime, intended parents have no legal rights to the child, including the ability to make decisions  in the case of medical emergencies.

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Government Approves Policy Proposals on International Surrogacy and Recognition of Past Surrogacy Arrangements

Department of Health | gov.ie | December 13, 2022

The Irish Government approved policy and legislative proposals that would introduce a two-step process to recognize legal parentage in future international surrogacy arrangements and in some past surrogacy arrangements. The process includes safeguards to protect the child, the surrogate, and the intended parents.

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