Surrogacy in the News

Tinder-style App Lets Hopeful Partners Swipe to Find a Surrogate Mother by Matching Users ‘With the Right People’

Jim Norton | Daily Mail | July 12, 2022

A new, Tinder-style app in the UK will use Artificial Intelligence to match intended parents to potential surrogates according to selected characteristics.

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In a Time of War, How Ukraine Sought Protection of its Frozen Embryos

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology | July 11, 2022

During the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology meeting, an IVF lab director gave a presentation on the courage and professionalism of Ukrainian fertility doctors amidst the Russian invasion. He also called on the international ART community to help employ these doctors abroad.

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Oireachtas Urged to Include International Surrogacy in Draft Bill

Irish Legal News | July 7, 2022

Ireland’s Oireachtas committee decided to include international surrogacy in the Health (ART) Bill, which originally only addressed domestic surrogacy, to establish frameworks to protect families, children, and surrogates in international arrangements as quickly as possible.

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Proposed Tennessee House Bill Could Impact Families Going Through IVF

Maranda Whittington | WREG | June 30, 2022

Tennessee’s trigger ban is set to go into effect within a month to prevent all abortions, and another bill introduced this session would expand offenses of “child abuse, neglect and endangerment” to an “unborn child,” defined as starting at fertilization. This would mean that those trying to start a family through IVF or surrogacy–or their physician–might face criminal charges if they discarded extra embryos.

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Ireland ‘Can Be World Leader’ by Recognising International Surrogacy, Landmark Oireachtas Report Says

Ellen Coyne | Independent.ie | June 27, 2022

Under recommendations by Ireland’s Oireachtas committee, Irish intended parents would be able to go through a process to be recognized as legal parents after having a child through international surrogacy, which is currently unregulated.

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Centre Mandates 3-yr Health Insurance Plan For Surrogate Mother

Priyanka Sharma | Livemint | June 23, 2022

Couples in India who wish to start a family through surrogacy must purchase health insurance for their surrogate to cover pregnancy complications for a period of 36 months after giving birth from an accredited insurance company.

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Surrogacy During the War in Ukraine

Updated June 22, 2022

See Ukraine as International Surrogacy Destination for context on the surrogacy industry in Ukraine

The Russian war on Ukraine is having a devastating effect on millions of people and the country’s infrastructure and land. One lesser-known area of anguish is the impact on newborn surrogacy-born babies, surrogates and their families, and the babies’ parents from other countries. Ukraine is one of the largest hubs for international surrogacy in the world, second only to the United States. Minimal regulation and low cost make it a popular destination for foreign couples—though only available to married heterosexual couples—and economic hardship gives rise to more women willing to provide surrogacy services. This roundup of articles presents a number of stories of harrowing and dangerous situations for infants, surrogates, and new or soon-to-be parents as well as analyses regarding the invisibility of surrogates in media coverage and the unequal options and resources available to commissioning parents vs surrogates in Ukraine.

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Three, Single Gay Dads Reflect on Fatherhood, Surrogacy Journeys

Alana Wise | NPR | June 19, 2022

NPR covers the stories of three single, gay men who became fathers through surrogacy and their journey there

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An Actor’s Use of a Surrogate Raises Radical-Feminist Questions

Alyssa Rosenberg | The Washington Post | June 15, 2022

Actress Jamie Chung explained that she and her partner chose surrogacy because she didn’t “want to lose opportunities.” The author of this opinion piece feels Chung’s perspective echoes radical feminist Shulamith Firestone, who believed that biology imprisoned women.

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Wombs For Rent: The Legalization of Commercial Surrogacy

Reed Pence, Taina Bien-Aimé, Dr. Linda Kahn, and Ashley Mareko | Radio Health Journal | June 12, 2022

This Radio Health Journal episode showcases three voices in surrogacy policy and practice. The Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women argues that surrogacy is exploitative and can lead to human trafficking. A New York University professor discusses increased risks for pregnancy complications. A three-time surrogate and employee at a surrogacy agency asserts that company policies can safeguard parties in surrogacy arrangements. With no federal surrogacy laws in place, this is a dangerous road to traverse.

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