Surrogacy in the News

Committee Urged Not To Rush Decisions on Surrogacy Law

Patsy McGarry | The Irish Times | May 13, 2022

Ireland’s Oireachtas Committee had 3 months to make recommendations on international surrogacy arrangements. Gov’t Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Conor O’Mahony criticizes the relevant bills and research as incomplete and recommends another year of prep.

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Historic Surrogacy Legislation Passes

Mirage | May 12, 2022

Australia’s Northern Territory passed the Surrogacy Bill 2022, which regulates domestic surrogacy for the first time and outlaws commercial surrogacy. The Bill establishes frameworks for intended parents, prioritizes children’s rights, and protects surrogates’ autonomy.

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Couple Face Belarus Prison and Loss of Surrogate Child Amid UK Visa Delays

Matthew Weaver | The Guardian | May 10, 2022

A couple intending to enter into a surrogacy arrangement in Belarus is facing imprisonment because their travel visa is going to expire, but they cannot leave the country because the wife’s passport is stuck in an administrative backlog in the UK. 

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What Singapore’s Move to Legalise Egg Freezing Says About its Society

Yvette Tan | BBC | April 28, 2022

The Singaporean government announced that single women from 21-35 years of age can freeze their eggs starting in 2023. The caveat is that women can only use the eggs once they are legally married, which excludes women who remain single and lesbian couples.

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Will India’s Surrogacy Ban Drive Childless Couples and Poor Women Underground?

Amrit Dhillon | South China Morning Post | April 16, 2022

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Act outlawed commercial surrogacy in India in December 2021. Though some worry about the emergence of a black market, Dr. Manish Banker argues that the law is fair and protects surrogates and newborns.

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Gay Couple Files Complaint Against New York City Over Denying IVF Coverage

Jo Yurcaba | NBC News | April 15, 2022

A gay couple filed a charge against New York City because the city’s insurance policy for IVF is discriminatory. The policy requires a diagnosis of infertility, which is defined as “inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse,” which excludes gay couples.

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In Breakthrough, Israel Temporary Eases Gay Surrogacy Policy

Adir Yanko | Ynet News | April 11, 2022

Israel’s Health Ministry announced that single gay males or gay couples who have frozen embryos abroad, or are planning to freeze them until the end of April, can bring them to Israel for insemination via a surrogate.

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Does Money Affect the Morality of Surrogacy?

J.Y. Lee | Medical Ethics | April 11, 2022

Ethical concerns of commercial surrogacy include exploitation of women and commodification of women’s reproductive capacity. Many countries ban commercial surrogacy to take money out of the equation, but this may oversimplify the virtues and morality of surrogacy arrangements.

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Vaccines Drive Up Surrogacy Costs For Some Families

Rochelle Alleyne | ABC Action News | April 6, 2022

Following the disruptive travel bans, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing another challenge for the fertility industry. Many surrogates don’t want to get  a vaccine, causing some intended parents to pay more and wait longer to find a vaccinated surrogate.

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First Surrogacy Baby Born to Single Man Shaun Resnik in Victoria

Holly Hales | NCA NewsWire | April 5, 2022

A new dad became the first single man in Victoria to father a biological child through surrogacy. In Australia, strict surrogacy regulations ban paid surrogacy and require extensive counseling and screening for the biological parent.

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