Stateless Children and Parents Who Are Legal ‘Strangers’: The Irish Families Left in Limbo

By Peter McGuire | thejournal.ie | July 14, 2020

This article provides a brief history of the rights of parents in Ireland whose children are conceived through assisted reproduction. The author posits that legal protections for children conceived outside traditional heterosexual relationships still fall short. For example, birth certificates of children born to same-sex couples do not recognize both parents as legal guardians. In one case, an Irish couple who conceived a child with the help of a surrogate in the United States had to sign an affidavit stating that one parent is a legal stranger in order to attain an Irish passport for their newborn. Despite recommendations from the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR), the article asserts that legislation has yet to be made to make assisted reproduction more accessible for all family structures involved.

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We Missed Our Baby’s Birth Because of Covid-19

Outlook | BBC Sounds | June 16, 2020

In this BBC World Service podcast, Emily Webb interviews Patrick and Enitan Goredema from Canada about their experience becoming parents during COVID-19. They discuss their earlier struggle with infertility and IVF, cultural attitudes toward infertility in their home countries of Zimbabwe and Nigeria, and dynamics around the race of the surrogate. Patrick and Enitan describe the process of undergoing egg retrieval abroad, Skyping with the surrogate, and having to cross two borders and quarantine in Georgia before meeting their child. 

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The Surrogate is in Oregon. The Parents are in China. And the Baby is in Limbo.

By Libby Dowsett | The Oregonian/OregonLive | April 5, 2020

A surrogate mother in Oregon explains how the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions have drastically changed the birth plan for the child, whose parents are in China. In this article, new questions arise, such as when will the child’s parents be able to come to America and who will be the child’s guardian in the meantime?

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How Coronavirus Is Affecting Surrogacy, Foster Care and Adoption

By David Dodge | New York Times | April 1, 2020

How has coronavirus impacted surrogacy, adoption, and foster care? This article explores how global travel restrictions have left surrogacy agencies in the United States scrambling for exemptions for their international clients — particularly for those working with surrogates who are scheduled to give birth in the next month or two.

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Disabled Child Abandoned in Ukraine Shines Light on Troubled Surrogacy Industry

By Xavier Symons | BioEdge | August 24, 2019

Three-year-old Bridget was conceived in the Ukraine through a surrogacy arrangement but abandoned after birth when her parents discovered she was ill and had disabilities. Her case, as this article explains, is not isolated and is promoting critics to call for stricter surrogacy regulations.

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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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