Israel has been an LGBTQ haven in the Middle East. Its new government could change that.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | January 17, 2023

The Israeli Supreme Court extended the right to have children via surrogates to same sex couples in 2021. But its new anti-LGBTQ government put these and other protections in jeopardy.

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Health Insurance Will Soon Cover IVF Surrogacy for Women Who Cannot Have Children

NL Times | December 3, 2022

Health insurers in the Netherlands will cover the costs of IVF and surrogacy for cisgender women who are otherwise unable to carry a pregnancy to term. Surrogacy will not be covered for male couples, single prospective fathers or transgender people.

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Why So Many More Women Are Volunteering to be Surrogates

Maya Oppenheim  | Independent | November 27, 2022

2021 brought a sharp increase in the number of women in the UK volunteering to be surrogates. Factors contributing to the uptick include increasing social acceptability of surrogacy and desire to support LGBTQ families. 

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NI High Court: No Discrimination in Denying IVF Treatment for Same-sex Couple

Conor Courtney | Irish Legal News | November 7, 2022

A same sex couple alleged discrimination after being denied access to public funding for IVF w/ a surrogate, but Northern Ireland’s High Court found that funding for IVF was meant for medical infertility, not surrogacy arrangements.

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‘It’s a Medieval Vision’: Fears for LGBTQ+ Rights in Meloni’s Italy

Angela Giuffrida | The Guardian | October 24, 2022

LGBTQ people in Italy fear that Italy’s new prime minister Giorgia Meloni will act on her campaign promises to limit opportunities for them  to form families, including banning LGTBQ couples from seeking surrogacy abroad.

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Carried: How Surrogacy Grows Families

Drane & McGunagle & Jacobson | North Carolina Public Radio | October 21, 2022

Surrogacy intersects with big questions about power dynamics, reproductive justice and who gets to make decisions about how you can build a family. But the loudest voices in the conversation are rarely the surrogates themselves.

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Carried: How Surrogacy Grows Families

Eloise Drane, Brian McGunagle, Heather Jacobson | North Carolina Public Radio | October 21, 2022

Surrogacy intersects with big questions about power dynamics, reproductive justice and who gets to make decisions about how you can build a family. But the loudest voices in the conversation are rarely the surrogates themselves

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Couple Who Found Surrogate on Facebook Want Law Change

Tracy Neal | Otago Daily Times | October 2, 2022

Currently, when a child is born via IVF to a surrogate in Aotearoa New Zealand, the intended parents must adopt the child in order to become their legal parents. Legislative efforts propose changes to these laws to regulate (uncompensated) surrogacy arrangements.

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‘We Are Expected To Be OK with Not Having Children’: How Gay Parenthood Through Surrogacy Became a Battleground

Jenny Kleeman | The Guardian | October 1, 2022

Gay men hoping to have biological children navigate high costs, complex surrogacy laws, and infertility definitions that exclude LGBTQ persons. But critics worry about exploitation of surrogates, especially internationally.

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Cuba Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, Surrogacy

Hindustan Times | September 27, 2022

In a recent referendum on family law, Cubans voted to legalize surrogacy along with same-sex marriage and adoption. The new code permits surrogate pregnancies as long as no money changes hands and recognizes multiple parents in addition to biological parents. 

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