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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Couple moves HC over bar on donor gametes for surrogacy

The Times of India | May 16, 2023

A couple in Mumbai is challenging a recent rule change that allows only the use of gametes from intending parents for surrogacy (no donor gametes), on the grounds that the rule violates constitutional rights.

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The ConnecteDNA project: thinking about law reform and gamete donor anonymity

Progress Educational Trust | April 3, 2023

Identity release of donors is increasingly recognized as important for donor-conceived children, and direct-to-consumer DNA testing makes donor anonymity more difficult. Regulators and researchers are assessing whether law reforms should remove donor anonymity in gamete donation (which is common in surrogacy arrangements).

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Why Egg Donors Need to be Brought Out of the Shadows in Surrogacy Arrangements

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw & Nina Barnsley | Progress | December 19, 2022

While research and discussions around surrogacy increasingly address relationships between surrogates and intended parents, they often fail to include egg donors, leading to marginalization of donors and lack of full knowledge of genetic origins for donor conceived people. 

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UK Fertility Watchdog Could Recommend Scrapping Donor Anonymity Law

Hannah Devlin | The Guardian | May 20, 2022

Due to the rapid rise of consumer genetic testing, the UK’s HFEA is considering removing the anonymity period for sperm and egg donors. This would allow contact between donors, donor-conceived people, and their genetic parents, but first the change requires careful consideration by all parties.

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‘Those Who Used Surrogacy Should Lab-Check Their Child’s Genes’

Aastha Atray Banan | Mid-Day | February 6, 2022

India recently passed new Surrogacy and ART Acts, banning commercial surrogacy and germline cell sales, respectively. In this interview, author Pinki Virani acknowledges that the acts will promote a more regulated, less money-oriented fertility industry by eliminating the sale-purchase aspect of sperm and eggs and putting power in the hands of surrogates. On the other hand, Virani believes that there are still risks with IVF and third-party reproduction due to the complexity of sourcing sex cells, fertilization, implantation, and birth. In particular, she urges patients to undergo thorough screening processes to reduce the risk of genetic siblings unknowingly becoming a couple.  

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I Sold My Eggs For an Ivy League Education – But Was it Worth it?

Ellie Houghtaling | The Guardian | November 7, 2021

In this narrative, Columbia University School of Journalism student Ellie Houghtaling describes egg donation as both a business transaction with the clinic and a way to help prospective parents achieve their dreams. Houghtaling, surprised by the screening process focusing on egg donors’ physical features and education level, notes the eugenic underpinnings of donor selection. Near the end of the process, she comments that she felt disrespected due to the disorganized surgery schedule and lack of health resources. Many young women are attracted to the $3,000-$10,000 checks offered by egg donation clinics to sustain the high cost of living or tuition in big American cities, but there is an extreme gap in data and long-term research on health implications for donors. To protect women who undergo egg donation, an egg donor registry could be helpful to track long-term health implications.

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What Egg Donors Want Intended Parents to Know 

Alison Motluk | HeyReprotech Newsletter | September 1, 2020

This newsletter piece spotlights Surrogacy360’s own “What egg donors want intended parents to know” video series. It provides a synopsis of key points from the videos that intended parents should know or do differently. The writer notes, “Egg donors are too often the silent, hidden partners in modern reproductive care.” She recalls a striking moment when accompanying a donor to her surgical egg retrieval: they entered through the front door of the clinic but had to leave through the back.

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For a Change of Heart, Would-Be Egg Donors Face Threats and Bills

By Alison Motluck | Undark | February 24, 2020

From charging “recovery fees” to forging legal documents to harassment, some fertility clinics have gone to extreme measures to coerce women into egg provision even after they decide against it. This article highlights the stories of four women who experienced serious personal consequences after severing their relationships with fertility clinics. 

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Proposed Updates to Canada’s Surrogacy Regulations

These three articles in The Conversation tackle different angles on the debates surrounding compensation and health care for surrogates and egg providers in Canada.

Paying Surrogates, Sperm and Egg Donors Goes Against Canadian Values by Françoise Baylis and Alana Cattapan

Egg Donors and Surrogates Need High-Quality Care by Françoise Baylis and Alana Cattapan

When Women Are Surrogate Mothers: Is That Work? by Alana Cattapan and Angela Cameron