Surrogacy in the News

Concerning shifts in the shrinking world of global surrogacy

Progress Educational Trust | September 25, 2023

With the growing global demand for surrogacy, and a narrowing range of options as countries close their doors to foreigners seeking surrogates, intended parents are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate cross-border surrogacy arrangements in an ethical way.

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‘The state says our kids don’t exist’ – how LGBT life is changing in Italy Published

BBC News | September 23, 2023

Italy’s far-right government is targeting LGBTQ families by removing parentage rights for families formed via surrogacy. A new law would make surrogacy abroad a crime with hefty fines or prison time.

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Illegal surrogacy business busted in Shenzhen

The Standard | September 19, 2023

Shenzhen health authorities arrested six women, including a surrogate mother, an egg donor, a client waiting for an embryo transfer, laboratory staff and two nurses participating in an illegal surrogacy operation run by one man, who was also arrested.

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Why Suba North MP wants Bills on reproductive health passed

The Standard | September 18, 2023

After previous attempts to pass laws regulating assisted reproductive technologies and surrogacy in Kenya failed, one lawmaker is hoping to pass a bill that would address numerous issues related to in vitro fertilization, egg and sperm donation, and surrogacy.

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Feminism Without Borders: On Hawon Jung’s “Flowers of Fire” and Aviva Wei Xue and Kate Rose’s “Weibo Feminism”

Los Angeles Review of Books | September 16, 2023

Two recent books examine feminism in South Korea and China and draw attention to US involvement in reproductive control efforts in both countries. Motivated in part by incentives from the US, the South Korean government adopted population control policies that curtailed women’s reproductive rights. 

The Chinese government’s implementation of the one-child policy helped spur the growth of a form of decentralized Chinese feminism distinct from Western autonomy-focused feminism. One evident example of the contrast is disagreement about whether surrogacy is a matter of women’s choice or will inevitably lead to the exploitation of poor women. 

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Jersey to improve legal rights for same-sex parents: ‘Recognising families as equal’

The Pink News | September 15, 2023

Legislation set to pass later this year in the Channel Island of Jersey would give legal parental status to same-sex couples, including those whose children are born to surrogates. The law is part of a broader effort to solidify same-sex parentage rights.

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‘Ghost parents’: Same-sex couples in Italy are losing their rights

France24 | September 14, 2023

Italy’s right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has demanded local councils only list biological parents on birth certificates. This article features LGTBQ couples who may lose their parentage rights and explores how it would affect their families.

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‘It will really make me sad’: Georgia plans to ban commercial surrogacy

Al Jazeera | September 6, 2023

The Georgian government is planning to ban compensated surrogacy for foreigners. Some critics point to the conservative political agenda behind the bill. It will likely put pressure on surrogacy industries in the US and Canada and emerging “hubs” in Argentina, Mexico, and Uganda.

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Will Human Trafficking Surrogacy Charges In Greece Affect The US?

Above the Law | September 6, 2023

Nine medical team workers at one of the most reputable fertility clinics in Crete were arrested for human trafficking: they are accused of bringing impoverished women from other countries to be egg donors and surrogates; buying and selling embryos; and other crimes.

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Paid Parental Leave and the New Surrogacy Regime in Israel: How do Men Fare?

Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center | September 5, 2023

Israel’s assisted reproduction regulations assume a heteronormative understanding of the family, but recent court rulings in the country pave the way for more egalitarian treatment of LGBTQ families that ought to be reflected in the regulations themselves.

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