The Stranded Babies of Kyiv and the Women who Give Birth for Money

By Oksana Grytsenko | The Guardian | June 15, 2020

This article exposes the scale and problematic nature of the surrogacy industry in Ukraine, with the COVID crisis exacerbating conditions even more. The ombudsman for children is now calling for a ban on commercial surrogacy in Ukraine for foreign couples. Without sufficient regulation and protections in place, surrogates in Ukraine are beginning to self-organize on social media, where they share advice and warnings about agencies, and expose increased mistreatment during the pandemic.

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Spanish Parents Finally Reach Surrogate Baby in Ukraine

By Nick Connolly and Enrique Anarte | DW News | June 11, 2020

This video features the journey of a Spanish couple to meet their baby born to a surrogate one month prior in Ukraine, during the COVID-19 lockdown. The interviewer explains how they traveled over 10,000 kilometers from Madrid to Ukraine and back again after being turned away at the border due to insufficient documents. In order for their daughter to be recognized as a citizen in Spain, where surrogacy is illegal, the couple will likely have to go to court.

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Argentine Couple Finally Meet Son Born to Surrogate Mother

By Abdujalil Abdurasulov and Hanna Chornous | BBC | June 11, 2020

In this video, BBC follows Jose and Flavia as they arrive in Ukraine from Argentina during the COVID-19 pandemic to finally meet their son, born to a surrogate 10 weeks before. The video also highlights the problematic nature of the surrogacy industry by featuring the story of Bridget, conceived 4 years prior at the same clinic, but whose US parents abandoned her when she was born with serious health problems.

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Surrogacy, Assisted Reproduction, and COVID: Stark Problems, Underlying Concerns

By Emily Galpern | Center for Genetics and Society | May 27, 2020

This blogpost provides an overview of the numerous unsettling situations that have arisen since COVID-19 changed the landscape of assisted reproduction and international surrogacy.  It shows how the pandemic is illuminating pre-existing problems related to assisted reproduction and surrogacy, highlights the need for stronger regulations, and calls for input from all who will be affected.

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Assisted Reproductive Medicine in Ukraine Needs Legislative Regulation

Interfax-Ukraine | May 19, 2020

Olena Babych, a lawyer specializing in the field of reproductive law in Ukraine, calls for legislative regulation of assisted reproductive medicine in Ukraine, in particular surrogacy. Heads of the Ukrainian Association of Reproductive Medicine report that a corresponding bill has been submitted to Parliament addressing assisted reproduction overall. Efforts are also underway to allow parents to come into Ukraine to pick up children born through surrogacy who are stranded in facilities because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

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Surrogacy Is Complicated—Then Add a Global Pandemic

By Daniela Prugger And Oksana Parafeniuk | Marie Claire | May 17, 2020

In the wake of a video highlighting the state of surrogacy in Ukraine during COVID-19, Arina, a surrogate in Ukraine, shares her experience in lockdown. She is 28 weeks pregnant and separated from her children in another city, and the intended parents are currently unable to fly into Ukraine due to closed borders. She lists a number of concerns, including how the pandemic protocols will impact her birth plan and who will care for the child after she gives birth.

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