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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100 Babies Stranded in Ukraine After Surrogate Births

By Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times | May 16, 2020

This article not only covers the situation in Ukraine, where at least 100 babies born to surrogates are stranded in a hotel, but also provides background on surrogacy practices in a country at war and the poorest nation in Europe.

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What We Don’t Know About I.V.F.

By Maya Dusenbery | New York Times | April 16, 2020

Even though in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been around for more than 40 years, we have limited information about the long-term health impacts of egg retrieval. While this article—republished from 2019, does not talk about surrogacy, it illuminates a topic relevant to most surrogacy arrangements, in which gestational surrogates undergo IVF to carry a child for someone else.

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International Surrogacy and COVID-19

By Alison Motluck | HeyReproTech | March 24, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 has affected the lives of many, including people involved in international surrogacy arrangements. As this article explains, international travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and limits on returning home with their newborn children are all realities people in surrogacy relationships have faced as the pandemic has spread.

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COVID-19 Throws A Wrench Into Surrogacy (Along With Everything Else In The World)

By Ellen Trachman | Above The Law | March 18, 2020

Above the Law highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the legal landscape of international surrogacy. Read how delayed agreements, changes to physical contact guidelines, and travel restrictions are affecting surrogates, egg providers, and intended parents.

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Article: Do IVF and Other Infertility Tech Lead to Health Risks for the Baby? Maybe.

Do IVF and Other Infertility Tech Lead to Health Risks for the Baby? Maybe.
By Mara Gordon | National Public Radio | Sept. 19, 2018

This article explores new research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, on children conceived through certain infertility treatments and their risk for cardiovascular disease. While the study’s authors indicate that the findings are preliminary, they encourage families using infertility treatments to be vigilant about screening their children and mitigating other risk factors, such as smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.

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In 2012, the same team of scientists published a paper showing that 65 healthy children  born with the help of ART were more likely than their peers to have early signs of problematic blood vessels.

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