Will Human Trafficking Surrogacy Charges In Greece Affect The US?

Above the Law | September 6, 2023

Nine medical team workers at one of the most reputable fertility clinics in Crete were arrested for human trafficking: they are accused of bringing impoverished women from other countries to be egg donors and surrogates; buying and selling embryos; and other crimes.

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Why gay couples using surrogacy are the latest target for Europe’s far right

CBC | July 3, 2023

Italy is not alone in its efforts to ban surrogacy: the anti-surrogacy movement is rapidly gaining momentum among the newly empowered far-right parties throughout Europe, part of their broader effort to disenfranchise LGBTQ families.

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Irish-Ukraine surrogacy story backed by Netflix

RTE | June 13, 2023

Two Irish filmmakers received funding from Netflix to make a short documentary about an Irish mother who brought her Ukrainian surrogate and family to live with her own family after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The key theme of the film is “connection.”

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Ukraine Considers Surrogacy Regulations In Wartime

Above the Law | May 31, 2023

In April 2023, the Ukrainian parliament considered and ultimately rejected legislation that would have paused surrogacy arrangements with foreign intended parents during wartime. 

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Irish families continue to avail of Ukraine surrogacy services

Irish Examiner | March 25, 2023

Despite discouragements from the Irish government, some Irish couples have pursued new surrogacy arrangements in Ukraine even amidst the ongoing Russian invasion. Others have turned to neighboring countries, including Georgia, to find a surrogate. 

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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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Before Going To Fight, Many Ukrainians Are Freezing Their Sperm

The Economist | January 8, 2023

The war in Ukraine upended international surrogacy there. Now clinics have pivoted to offering Ukrainian servicemen and women to freeze their sperm or eggs at low or no cost to preserve their chances to have children even if they are killed or injured in action. 

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Global Surrogacy Agency Accused of Putting Women at Risk With ‘Unethical’ Medical Procedures

Shanti Das & Simon Bowers & Malia Politzer | The Guardian | December 18, 2022

UK surrogacy laws require intended parents to apply to become legal parents, which can take up to a year to be finalized. In the meantime, intended parents have no legal rights to the child, including the ability to make decisions  in the case of medical emergencies.

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Inside Ukraine’s Surrogacy Crisis: The Australian Families Caught In The War

Kathryn Madden | Marie Claire | November 2, 2022

With a legislative prohibition on compensated surrogacy, many Australian couples look abroad for surrogates, sometimes pursuing dangerous or illegal arrangements. Do these precarious agreements leave surrogates vulnerable to exploitation?

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How Ukraine’s Surrogate Mothers Have Survived the War

Maria Varenikova and Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times | October 16, 2022

Despite wartime challenges, Ukrainian surrogacy agencies are resuming operations. Compensation has helped some surrogates and their families flee to safer areas, but the surrogates themselves face new dangers in an ethically complex occupation.

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