Ukraine’s ‘Baby Factories’: The Human Cost of Surrogacy

By Madeline Roache | Al Jazeera | September 13, 2019

As other countries crack down on commercial surrogacy, Ukraine is becoming an increasingly popular destination for individuals and couples who wish to form families in this way. But, as this article summarizes, intended parents and surrogates alike report that the Ukrainian commercial surrogacy companies they initially trusted became abusive, provided poor living and medical conditions, and engaged in deceptive practices.

What Happens When the Surrogate Gets Postpartum Depression?

By Sarah Toler | Medium | September 12, 2019

This article tells the story of Karen, a woman who carried two surrogate pregnancies and became chronically depressed after the second one. Despite being treated well during her pregnancies, Karen says she has been left to fend for herself in the face of an expensive and debilitating condition directly related to the birth.

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Is the Surrogacy Bill Regressive?

By Chinki Sinha | India Today | September 4, 2019

Supporters of a new surrogacy bill in India say it would end the exploitation of women and protect the rights of children born through surrogacy. Opponents point out that the bill excludes all intended parents except married heterosexual couples and only allows for altruistic surrogacy, which they view as a violation of women’s rights.

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Disabled Child Abandoned in Ukraine Shines Light on Troubled Surrogacy Industry

By Xavier Symons | BioEdge | August 24, 2019

Three-year-old Bridget was conceived in the Ukraine through a surrogacy arrangement but abandoned after birth when her parents discovered she was ill and had disabilities. Her case, as this article explains, is not isolated and is promoting critics to call for stricter surrogacy regulations.

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Move to Legalise Egg Donation and Surrogacy in Germany

By Jen Willows | BioNews | August 19, 2019

This article summarizes the efforts of the Free Democrats Party to convince the German Bundestag parliament to liberalize the country’s surrogacy and egg donation laws and to grant single parents and LGBT families access to fertility treatment.

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Surrogacy Laws: Why a Global Approach is Needed to Stop Exploitation of Women

By Herjeet Marway and Gulzaar Barn | The Conversation | July 30, 2018

More countries are pushing for surrogacy regulations that safeguard the health and well-being of people acting as surrogates. However, as this article explains, these changes are limited in how effectively they address problem of exploitation because surrogacy laws still vary drastically by country.

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