Surrogacy in the News

Kolkata: For Single Dad, It’s Two for Joy as he Meets Newborns After Nearly Two Months

By Tamaghna Banerjee | The Times of India | May 30, 2020

Abhishek Paul, a young single father from Kolkata living in Salt Lake City, Iowa, finally got to meet his newborn twins 57 days after they were born to a surrogate in Delhi. Due to the COVID lockdown and then cyclone Amphan, Paul was not able to travel to Delhi until May 29. The babies remained at the hospital’s child care center, cared for by the staff, who sent daily videos to Paul until he arrived to pick up his sons.

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Surrogacy, Assisted Reproduction, and COVID: Stark Problems, Underlying Concerns

By Emily Galpern | Center for Genetics and Society | May 27, 2020

This blogpost provides an overview of the numerous unsettling situations that have arisen since COVID-19 changed the landscape of assisted reproduction and international surrogacy.  It shows how the pandemic is illuminating pre-existing problems related to assisted reproduction and surrogacy, highlights the need for stronger regulations, and calls for input from all who will be affected.

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Parents Struggle to Reach Newborn Surrogates in Georgia

By Pearly Jacob | Eurasianet | May 27, 2020

Georgia is an increasingly popular destination for commercial surrogacy, but COVID-19 travel restrictions have impacted surrogates, babies, and intended parents there as well.  The article reveals that at least 40 babies are stranded in Georgia without parents, 30 of them in Chachava Clinic, one of the oldest maternity hospitals in Georgia. The article also notes that surrogacy is unregulated in Georgia, has no system for recording births, and is only available to heterosexual couples with fertility challenges.

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City Doctor Faces Surrogacy Charges

By Wassayos Ngamkham | Bangkok Post | May 27, 2020

Police are pressing charges against a doctor suspected of involvement in a transnational surrogacy ring in Bangkok, where surrogacy is illegal. One woman believed to be involved has been arrested, and police say they are preparing to arrest 10 additional people. Surrogates were hired in Thailand and sent to other countries for embryo transfer; most came back to give birth, though some were sent to China to deliver the babies.

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International Surrogacy is not as Dead as You Think

By Alison Motluk | HeyReproTech | May 26, 2020

In this article, Alison Motluk presents a number of extremely difficult circumstances occurring with international surrogacy arrangements impacted by the COVID crisis. She raises issues of the well-being of babies who are institutionalized or cared for by surrogates as they await their parents in other countries; increased costs for intended parents trying to navigate border closures; and potential legislative changes that would change the international commercial surrogacy landscape in Canada and beyond.

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Are Surrogate and IVF Babies ‘Essential’ in a Pandemic?

By Amrita Pande | Mail & Guardian | May 22, 2020

In this opinion piece in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, Amrita Pande raises the question of whether assisted reproduction is an essential service in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Pande notes how infertility professional associations in the US, Europe, and South Africa initially called for suspension of new or non-urgent fertility treatments in response to the COVID crisis, and then reversed course under pressure. She points to preventable causes of infertility in South Africa, disproportionate impacts on Black and poor women, and how public resources are going to private healthcare and high-tech individualized treatments.

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