Surrogacy in the News

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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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 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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Forced Gifting: English Surrogacy, Gestational Labor, and the Inequality of Choice

Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center | September 4, 2023

England and Wales do not allow compensated surrogacy on the logic that altruistic surrogacy better protects surrogates from exploitation, but in doing so, UK law supports a long history of devaluing women’s reproductive labor.

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Georgia Set to Ban Commercial Surrogacy

Institute for War & Peace Reporting | August 8, 2023

The Georgian government is drafting a law to ban paid surrogacy, allowing only altruistic agreements for Georgian heterosexual couples: foreigners would not be permitted to engage in surrogacy arrangements there.

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Hannah McCarthy travels to Kenya and finds a growing number of surrogate cases there

The Journal | August 7, 2023

Surrogacy is booming in Kenya, and some Irish intended parents are turning there for services. But surrogates face health and other risks, and intended parents are not ensured easy transfer of legal parentage in either Kenya or Ireland.

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