Surrogacy in the News

‘It’s a Medieval Vision’: Fears for LGBTQ+ Rights in Meloni’s Italy

Angela Giuffrida | The Guardian | October 24, 2022

LGBTQ people in Italy fear that Italy’s new prime minister Giorgia Meloni will act on her campaign promises to limit opportunities for them  to form families, including banning LGTBQ couples from seeking surrogacy abroad.

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Carried: How Surrogacy Grows Families

Drane & McGunagle & Jacobson | North Carolina Public Radio | October 21, 2022

Surrogacy intersects with big questions about power dynamics, reproductive justice and who gets to make decisions about how you can build a family. But the loudest voices in the conversation are rarely the surrogates themselves.

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Carried: How Surrogacy Grows Families

Eloise Drane, Brian McGunagle, Heather Jacobson | North Carolina Public Radio | October 21, 2022

Surrogacy intersects with big questions about power dynamics, reproductive justice and who gets to make decisions about how you can build a family. But the loudest voices in the conversation are rarely the surrogates themselves

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How Ukraine’s Surrogate Mothers Have Survived the War

Maria Varenikova and Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times | October 16, 2022

Despite wartime challenges, Ukrainian surrogacy agencies are resuming operations. Compensation has helped some surrogates and their families flee to safer areas, but the surrogates themselves face new dangers in an ethically complex occupation.

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The Vulnerability of Thai Surrogate Mothers in a Global Market

Swedish Research Council | PHYS | October 11, 2022

Despite a 2015 ban, commercial surrogacy in Thailand continues to operate underground. New research shows how Thai surrogates must travel across borders for embryo implantation and childbirth, exposing them to multiple vulnerabilities.

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Busan Asian Cinema Fund Recipient ‘Mariam’ Tackles Plight of Migrant Workers, Illegal Surrogacy in India

Naman Ramachandran | Variety | October 5, 2022

A new film, “Mariam,” follows the breadwinner of an Indian migrant family who travels to Mumbai in search of work. The title character takes on an illegal surrogate pregnancy to earn money to support her family.

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How the Chinese Internet Saw Cuba’s Vote on Gay Marriage, Surrogacy

Stella Chen | South China Morning Post | October 3, 2022

On Chinese social media, news that Cubans voted to legalize non-commercial surrogacy was greeted with some skepticism. Many voiced concerns that surrogacy, which is banned in China, exploits women’s bodies, while others shared support for its legalization.

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Couple Who Found Surrogate on Facebook Want Law Change

Tracy Neal | Otago Daily Times | October 2, 2022

Currently, when a child is born via IVF to a surrogate in Aotearoa New Zealand, the intended parents must adopt the child in order to become their legal parents. Legislative efforts propose changes to these laws to regulate (uncompensated) surrogacy arrangements.

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‘We Are Expected To Be OK with Not Having Children’: How Gay Parenthood Through Surrogacy Became a Battleground

Jenny Kleeman | The Guardian | October 1, 2022

Gay men hoping to have biological children navigate high costs, complex surrogacy laws, and infertility definitions that exclude LGBTQ persons. But critics worry about exploitation of surrogates, especially internationally.

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Cuba Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, Surrogacy

Hindustan Times | September 27, 2022

In a recent referendum on family law, Cubans voted to legalize surrogacy along with same-sex marriage and adoption. The new code permits surrogate pregnancies as long as no money changes hands and recognizes multiple parents in addition to biological parents. 

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