Surrogacy in the News

The State Duma Banned Foreigners From Using Russian Surrogate Mothers

News Desk | The European Times | December 10, 2022

The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, passed a bill banning foreigners from hiring Russian surrogates. Married couples in which one spouse is a Russian citizen will be able to pursue surrogacy in Russia, but a child born to a surrogate in Russia will automatically receive Russian citizenship.

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State Issues Guideline for All Surrogacy Clinics

Team MP | millenniumpost | December 8, 2022

The State Health Department in Kolkata has clarified the guidelines regulating surrogacy in India, which came into effect in January 2021. They detail the medical conditions that permit a woman to opt for surrogacy and stipulate that the intending parents must be married and fall within a particular age range.

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LAHA Explains Why Bill On Surrogacy, Human Fertilisation Is Important In Lagos; Stakeholders Commend Bill

Akinwale Kasali | The Source | December 7, 2022

Nigerian lawmakers are discussing the need for regulation of surrogacy in the country, with some emphasizing the importance of protecting the rights of women and children who are involved in surrogacy.

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Health Insurance Will Soon Cover IVF Surrogacy for Women Who Cannot Have Children

NL Times | December 3, 2022

Health insurers in the Netherlands will cover the costs of IVF and surrogacy for cisgender women who are otherwise unable to carry a pregnancy to term. Surrogacy will not be covered for male couples, single prospective fathers or transgender people.

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Draft Bill Allows Unmarried Women Right to Surrogacy

Gina Agapiou | CyprusMail | November 30, 2022

A new draft bill in Cyprus would allow unmarried women who are unable to conceive due to medical issues the chance to pursue surrogacy, but only if they obtain permission from Cyprus’ Council for Medical Assisted Human Reproduction.

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Parents Who Use Surrogate Waiting Up to a Year to Become Legal Guardians

Maya Oppenheim | Independent | November 27, 2022

UK surrogacy laws require intended parents to apply to become legal parents, which can take up to a year to be finalized. In the meantime, intended parents have no legal rights to the child, including the ability to make decisions  in the case of medical emergencies.

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Why So Many More Women Are Volunteering to be Surrogates

Maya Oppenheim  | Independent | November 27, 2022

2021 brought a sharp increase in the number of women in the UK volunteering to be surrogates. Factors contributing to the uptick include increasing social acceptability of surrogacy and desire to support LGBTQ families. 

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They Were Surrogates. Now They Must Raise the Children.

Hannah Beech | The New York Times | November 26, 2022

In 2018, 30 Cambodian surrogates were convicted of human trafficking, served time in prison, and gave birth while imprisoned–some chained to their beds. In exchange for suspended sentences, they have had to raise the children themselves. This journalist followed the surrogates for the last 10 months to report on their stories within Cambodia’s gray market.

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The Business of Renting Wombs is Thriving–and Surrogates Don’t Always Understand the Risks

Carolyn Barber | Fortune Well | November 17, 2022

The surrogacy industry is booming in the US with little to no oversight. Clinics often fail to inform potential surrogates about risks of IVF, which can lead to dangerous complications for them and for the children.

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Should ‘Social Surrogacy’ Be Permitted?

Ellen Trachman | Above the Law | November 16, 2022

The US-based nonprofit SEEDS recognizes ethical challenges of the surrogacy industry and is establishing best practices for surrogacy agencies to follow. But even this approach assumes, with evidence to the contrary, that US clinics will be able to self-regulate.

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