Coronavirus Upends Years of Planning for International Adoptions and Surrogacy Births

By Carol Morello | Washington Post | April 16, 2020

As the State Department does not consider surrogacy a life-or-death emergency, this article explores how families are navigating international surrogacy arrangements with travel to the United States, including arranging passports and travel back to home countries.

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New York State Legalizes Gestational Surrogacy

By Matt Tracy | Gay City News | April 2, 2020

Gestational surrogacy is now legal in New York state, due to language included in the Governor’s budget bill. This article provides background about the legalization effort, explains divisions among women’s rights advocates, and highlights some of the provisions and protections included—and excluded–for surrogates in New York.

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Surrogacy: New Parents Stuck in US Amid Covid-19 Shutdown

By Sirin Kale | The Guardian | March 26, 2020

James Washington, his husband Rob, and their 11-day-old baby are stuck in an Airbnb in Portland, Oregon. Under normal circumstances, the Washingtons would have applied for a US passport for their son, taken him home and applied for a legal order to recognize their parentage through the British courts. But as this article covers, COVID-19 travel restrictions have complicated gestational surrogacy arrangements for these parents and many others.

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‘My mum’s meeting my dad for the first time’

BBC | August 23, 2019

This 24-minute film tells the story of a young woman preparing to meet the man who donated the sperm her mothers used to conceive her, and also meeting several of the 19 half-siblings who were “fathered” by the same donor.

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Why Some LGBTQ Parents Still Have to Adopt Their Biological Children in 2019

By Hannah Harris Green | Vice | August 20, 2019

This article looks at the troubling case of a same-sex couple who had to go to great lengths to establish both mothers as legal parents, and explains some of the legal barriers to establishing parentage as an LGBTQ family.

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You Can Be Happy for Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black and Criticise Commercial Surrogacy at the Same Time

By Victoria Smith | Independent | July 5, 2018

Surrogacy as a practice has a long history of feminist critiques—critiques that, in the absence of historical context, can be conflated with biased beliefs about LGBTQ parenting.