Fertility Industry Growth Expected Despite COVID-19 Headwinds

Bianca Facchinei | Newsy | November 27, 2020

This Newsy video highlights the likelihood that the international surrogacy industry will continue to grow despite barriers that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fertility clinics have been caring for babies stranded from parents, costs have risen, and parents face barriers obtaining necessary passports and visas. Surrogacy360’s own Emily Galpern weighs in on the matter as a featured expert; she cautions against entering into international surrogacy arrangements amidst the pandemic and observes that the current situation reflects concerns that existed prior to the pandemic.

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Danish High Court Rules Against Adopting Mother in Surrogate Case

Helen Jones | CPH Post | November 17, 2020

In Denmark, high court judges decided that a Danish woman does not have the right to adopt twins born to a Ukrainian surrogate in 2013. The judge deemed that her husband is, however, fully recognized as a parent under the eyes of the law because he is genetically related to the children. The mother’s application to be legally recognized as the twins’ adoptive mother was rejected because of the financial transaction with the surrogate; according to the court, “it is absolutely prohibited to grant an adoption permit if anyone involved in the adoption has provided or received payment.”

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Kenya: Why Surrogacy in Kenya Is Shrouded in Secrecy

Simon Mburu | AllAfrica | October 31, 2020

This article begins with the personal story of Emily and Hillary Kiptui, a Kenyan couple who experienced nine miscarriages before having a child through surrogacy. The article notes that agencies in Kenya primarily target foreign couples and charge intended parents exorbitant fees. Kenya currently has no regulation of the surrogacy industry; however, a reproductive healthcare bill filled with surrogacy measures is currently in the Kenyan Senate. 

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Israel’s High Court Rules Against Surrogacy Law Excluding Single Men and Gay Couples

By Netael Bandel, Lee Yaron, and Johnathan Lis | Haaretz | February 28, 2020

For years, LGBTQ rights advocates in Israel have been fighting to broaden surrogacy rights. On February 20th, the High Court of Justice ruled that an existing bill prohibiting single men and gay couples from accessing surrogacy was unconstitutional. As this article explains, the state now has one year to amend the law.

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Former Surrogate Mom Responds to New Surrogacy Bill

By Miranda Paige | Dakota News Now | January 30, 2020

Advocates for limiting commercial surrogacy are speaking out in favor of a South Dakota bill that would make the practice a misdemeanor. As this article reports, one primary concern is that “people will take medical risks with their own health and life because they need the money.”

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Bill That Would Ban Commercial Surrogacy in SD Passes Through Committee

By Shannon Marvel | Inforum | January 29, 2020

House Bill 1096 would make brokering a surrogacy contract a Class 1 misdemeanor. It would also make any commercial surrogacy contract, whether entered into in South Dakota or any other state, unenforceable and void in South Dakota.

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