By Ellen Trachman | Above the Law | January 8, 2020
The Surrogacy Group promised its clients services like matching intended parents with gestational surrogates, assisting clients with the surrogacy process, and managing funds. In many cases, as this article explains, the group’s owner pocketed the money, leaving both surrogates and intended parents high and dry.
This article tells the story of Gayane, a surrogate mother in Armenia, and Lilit and Sedrak, a couple who wanted to be parents but was unable to get pregnant. Their journey illustrates some of the dynamics in play around commercial surrogacy in Armenia and more broadly.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has condemned the decision by the Cambodian government to require that 30 surrogates, previously imprisoned for ‘cross-border human trafficking,’ raise the children they carried for intended parents living outside the country.
In her talk at the American University of Armenia Turpanjian School of Public Health, Judy Norsigian, founding member of Our Bodies, Ourselves, spoke about the rapid expansion of global commercial surrogacy; the lack of consideration for the health and well-being of gestational mothers and children born of surrogacy; the importance of advancing best practices and human rights in both surrogacy and egg retrieval; and the need to be cautious about human genome modification.