Surrogacy in the News

Covid 19 Coronavirus: Pandemic Turmoil Stops Parents Reaching Overseas Surrogate Babies

Bill Bonnety | NZ Herald | September 8, 2020

This article highlights New Zealand in the widespread circumstances of intended parents being unable to reach their children born to surrogates due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. New Zealand’s Family Court has created a new protocol to streamline the process of returning children to NZ by enabling the full adoption process to take place overseas, thus giving the child full citizenship before returning to NZ. One member of Parliament supported the change, though also noted the flaw of parents having to undergo adoption proceedings at all after a surrogacy birth.

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Boy Born Abroad Through Surrogacy Arrangement Seeks Irish Passport

Aodhan O’Faolain | The Irish Times | September 7, 2020

A same-sex couple who had a child through surrogacy in 2015 and live outside of Ireland has faced a consistent struggle with authorities to secure an Irish passport for their son. This article chronicles the back and forth between the parents and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who has refused to recognize the parent-child relationship between the Irish citizen parent (not biological) and the child. In the past week, the family has initiated High Court proceedings in an attempt to finally secure a passport for their child.

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Fertility Clinic Booked for Cheating in Hyderabad

TelanganaToday | September 3, 2020

Universal Srushti Fertility Hospital faces charges for allegedly cheating a couple, PV Sathyanarayana and his wife Sulakshna Rani, who were engaged in a surrogacy agreement. The Hyderabad-based clinic assured the couple they could pick up their child in June, accepting significant payments in advance. Well after the delivery date, the clinic claimed that the surrogate mother had contracted COVID-19 and died, stating that they would start the process with a new surrogate. The couple filed a complaint after they learned that two doctors in charge of the hospital were arrested on child trafficking charges.

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What Egg Donors Want Intended Parents to Know 

Alison Motluck | HeyReprotech Newsletter | September 1, 2020

This newsletter piece spotlights Surrogacy360’s own “What egg donors want intended parents to know” video series. It provides a synopsis of key points from the videos that intended parents should know or do differently. The writer notes, “Egg donors are too often the silent, hidden partners in modern reproductive care.” She recalls a striking moment when accompanying a donor to her surgical egg retrieval: they entered through the front door of the clinic but had to leave through the back.

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Judge: Gay Couple’s Child Born in England is a U.S. Citizen 

Kate Brumback | Washington Post | August 31, 2020

A US federal judge has ruled on the case of a gay couple in the state of Georgia, recognizing that their daughter, who was born to a surrogate in England, is a U.S. citizen. This ruling comes after another victory in a similar case of a gay US couple, in which citizenship was initially denied to a child born to a surrogate in Canada. In recent years, the State Department has made significant efforts to contest the citizenship status of gay couples’ children born to surrogates in other countries.

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Georgia Tightens Surrogacy Laws

Civil.ge. | August 28, 2020

Changes to Georgia’s surrogacy laws will require intended parents (only heterosexual couples are recognized) to live in a relationship for a year prior to engaging in surrogacy. The announcement was followed by a media outcry that these policies would prevent single women from using in vitro fertilization. The state responded by stating that the regulations aim to protect the rights of the surrogate, and of surrogate children from risks of infant trafficking, exploitation and other inhumane treatment.

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