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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.