Surrogacy in the News

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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Desperately Seeking Surrogates

Danielle Braff | The New York Times | April 2, 2022

The pandemic introduced new disconnects between surrogate and biological parents, including vaccine mandates, unemployment, and travel bans. As a result, there has been a 60% decrease in potential surrogates, doubled wait times, and significantly increased fees. 

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First Baby Born via Surrogacy to Same-sex Couple in Northern Ireland

Blair Sowry | BioNews | February 21, 2022

For the first time, a baby has been born via surrogacy to a gay couple in North Ireland. The couple is now trying to register their child’s name under both of their names, which would set another precedent for LGBTQ couples in the country. 

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Same-sex Couples Push for Adoption Rights in Taiwan After Landmark Case Offers Hope

Clio Yang | ABC News | February 21, 2022

Mr. Tsou and his husband are looking for international surrogacy arrangements because adoption by gay married couples is not legal in Taiwan. However, a couple of exceptions have been granted in the best interest of the child, and more inclusive ART legislation is being reviewed by the government. 

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Irish Parents of Babies Born Through Surrogacy Face €88-a-day Fee for ‘Nanny’ Care if They Can’t Travel to Ukraine

Laura Lynott | Independent.ie | February 13, 2022

14 babies were born to surrogates between May 2021 and present-day in Ukraine, which is currently under threat of invasion by Russian military forces. The Irish intended parents, advised against  traveling to Ukraine under the current circumstances, may need to pay 88 Euros a day for nannies to care for their children.

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