Surrogacy in the News

International Surrogacy and COVID-19

By Alison Motluck | HeyReproTech | March 24, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 has affected the lives of many, including people involved in international surrogacy arrangements. As this article explains, international travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and limits on returning home with their newborn children are all realities people in surrogacy relationships have faced as the pandemic has spread.

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COVID-19 Throws A Wrench Into Surrogacy (Along With Everything Else In The World)

By Ellen Trachman | Above The Law | March 18, 2020

Above the Law highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the legal landscape of international surrogacy. Read how delayed agreements, changes to physical contact guidelines, and travel restrictions are affecting surrogates, egg providers, and intended parents.

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Israel’s High Court Rules Against Surrogacy Law Excluding Single Men and Gay Couples

By Netael Bandel, Lee Yaron, and Johnathan Lis | Haaretz | February 28, 2020

For years, LGBTQ rights advocates in Israel have been fighting to broaden surrogacy rights. On February 20th, the High Court of Justice ruled that an existing bill prohibiting single men and gay couples from accessing surrogacy was unconstitutional. As this article explains, the state now has one year to amend the law.

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For a Change of Heart, Would-Be Egg Donors Face Threats and Bills

By Alison Motluck | Undark | February 24, 2020

From charging “recovery fees” to forging legal documents to harassment, some fertility clinics have gone to extreme measures to coerce women into egg provision even after they decide against it. This article highlights the stories of four women who experienced serious personal consequences after severing their relationships with fertility clinics. 

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Egg-freezing: What’s the Success Rate?

BBC News | February 17, 2020

Lord Winston is a professor of fertility studies who is calling into question the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s advertised success rate of pregnancy using frozen eggs. As this article and video explain, his estimates rely on measuring the success rate at a different stage of fertility treatment, which—he says—is more accurate than the one used by the HFEA.

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OHSS, the IVF Side-Effect Making Women’s Fertility Journeys ‘Agony’

By Sophie Wilkinson | HuffPost | February 8, 2020

IVF has become the go-to treatment for many people struggling with infertility. However, many patients aren’t made aware of the risk of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS), which can create agonizing pain as well as affect fertility. This article and video examine the realities of IVF and OHSS.

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