Illegal surrogacy offenders face stiffer penalties

Bangkok Post | May 12, 2023

Although Thailand outlawed surrogacy in 2015, the industry still operates illegally. Now, the Department of Health is drafting an amendment to increase the penalties for brokers who facilitate surrogacy and for surrogates themselves.

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On Surrogacy, a Top Israeli Feminist Does the Nonfeminist Thing

Haaretz | May 8, 2023

Although advances make it possible for more people to have children via surrogacy, proper protections are needed to ensure that surrogates are not exploited.

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Surrogacy: Parenthood as a global industry

El País | April 3, 2023

Because surrogacy in the United States–the most popular destination– is so expensive, more couples from countries where surrogacy is illegal are turning to Mexico to find surrogates. But the industry’s lack of regulation leaves surrogates vulnerable to exploitation.

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Israeli Surrogacy Drama Series ‘A Body That Works’ Makes International Premiere at Series Mania, Debuts Trailer

Algemeiner | March 22, 2023

An Israeli drama series, “A Body That Works,” chronicles the journey of a couple who turns to surrogacy after struggling to get pregnant. The series has generated conversation in Israel related to reproductive norms, bodily autonomy, and treatment of surrogates.

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The war in Ukraine made Georgia a new surrogacy hub, with prices and demand shooting up. Agencies are struggling to find surrogates in a country of 3.5 million people.

Insider | March 21, 2023

The war in Ukraine has resulted in “extreme pressure” on the country of Georgia for surrogates. Georgian are recruiting women from other countries to meet the demand from foreign couples, with some requiring strict requirements for surrogates’ behavior.

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Meet Nodal, the Surrogacy Startup Seeking to Be the ‘Bumble for Surrogates’

Marie Claire | February 27, 2023

A new online platform connects vetted gestational surrogates with intended parents, and provides support for both groups, though through the largely unregulated process of surrogacy.

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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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They Were Surrogates. Now They Must Raise the Children.

Hannah Beech | The New York Times | November 26, 2022

In 2018, 30 Cambodian surrogates were convicted of human trafficking, served time in prison, and gave birth while imprisoned–some chained to their beds. In exchange for suspended sentences, they have had to raise the children themselves. This journalist followed the surrogates for the last 10 months to report on their stories within Cambodia’s gray market.

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‘Rent My Womb’: Women Are Desperate to Become Surrogates in Mexico

Emily Green | Vice | October 28, 2022

Increasing demand among U.S. couples for cheaper surrogacy options has contributed to a surrogacy boom in Mexico. Mexican women are signing up to be surrogates, but the lack of regulations to oversee it leave surrogates vulnerable to exploitation.

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Busan Asian Cinema Fund Recipient ‘Mariam’ Tackles Plight of Migrant Workers, Illegal Surrogacy in India

Naman Ramachandran | Variety | October 5, 2022

A new film, “Mariam,” follows the breadwinner of an Indian migrant family who travels to Mumbai in search of work. The title character takes on an illegal surrogate pregnancy to earn money to support her family.

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