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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The Vulnerability of Thai Surrogate Mothers in a Global Market

Swedish Research Council | PHYS | October 11, 2022

Despite a 2015 ban, commercial surrogacy in Thailand continues to operate underground. New research shows how Thai surrogates must travel across borders for embryo implantation and childbirth, exposing them to multiple vulnerabilities.

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How the Chinese Internet Saw Cuba’s Vote on Gay Marriage, Surrogacy

Stella Chen | South China Morning Post | October 3, 2022

On Chinese social media, news that Cubans voted to legalize non-commercial surrogacy was greeted with some skepticism. Many voiced concerns that surrogacy, which is banned in China, exploits women’s bodies, while others shared support for its legalization.

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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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In the Wake of Dobbs, IVF’s Future Becomes Uncertain, Forecasts Prof. Melissa Murray

Emily Rosenthal | NYU  | September 27, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Dobbs. vs. Jackson Women’s Health enabled states to restrict or ban abortion, which could limit the use of IVF in those states, including in the case of surrogacy. Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion opened the door to challenging LGBTQ rights, which could have ripple effects on surrogacy and other techniques often used by same-sex couples for family formation. 

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SC to Examine Plea Against Provisions of Surrogacy, ART Acts

Ashish Tripathi | Deccan Herald | September 26, 2022

India’s Supreme Court will examine a challenge to the 2021 Surrogacy Act and Assisted Reproduction Act. The petition contends that the ban on commercial surrogacy may result in the exploitation of women within the family under the guise of altruistic surrogacy.

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How a Photo of Khloé Kardashian Reignited Debate on Motherhood, Surrogacy, and Global Inequality

Rohitha Naraharisetty | The Swaddle | September 26, 2022

While international surrogacy makes parenthood possible for some, it also operates within global systems of inequality that leave surrogates with little recognition or power.

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‘They Are Not Happy with How We Love Each Other’: Gay Parents Fear a Meloni Victory

Emma Bubola | The New York Times | September 25, 2022

Gay couples in Italy fear that newly elected prime minister Giorgia Meloni may jeopardize their chance at parenthood. In her campaign, she pledged to oppose surrogacy and adoption by gay couples, and she tried to amend a law to ban surrogacy for Italians going abroad. 

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