Concerning shifts in the shrinking world of global surrogacy

Progress Educational Trust | September 25, 2023

With the growing global demand for surrogacy, and a narrowing range of options as countries close their doors to foreigners seeking surrogates, intended parents are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate cross-border surrogacy arrangements in an ethical way.

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Jersey to improve legal rights for same-sex parents: ‘Recognising families as equal’

The Pink News | September 15, 2023

Legislation set to pass later this year in the Channel Island of Jersey would give legal parental status to same-sex couples, including those whose children are born to surrogates. The law is part of a broader effort to solidify same-sex parentage rights.

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Forced Gifting: English Surrogacy, Gestational Labor, and the Inequality of Choice

Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center | September 4, 2023

England and Wales do not allow compensated surrogacy on the logic that altruistic surrogacy better protects surrogates from exploitation, but in doing so, UK law supports a long history of devaluing women’s reproductive labor.

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Anger As UK Police Claim They’re Unable To Prosecute ‘Criminal’ Surrogacy Agency New Life

Pulitzer Center | July 16, 2023

British police say that New Life, an international agency that sells cut-price, offshore surrogacies to infertile and gay couples, has broken the UK’s Surrogacy Arrangements Law, but the authorities claim to be unable to prosecute anyone involved.

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Surrogacy law reforms – “timid tinkering” or “nothing short of revolutionary?”

Nuffield Council on Bioethics | June 22, 2023

Now that the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission proposed a draft bill and a new system to govern surrogacy in the UK, the UK government will decide how to proceed and whether to devote parliamentary time to legal reforms.

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Proposed Reforms to UK Surrogacy Law

Proposed reforms to UK surrogacy law published by the Law Commissions of Scotland and England and Wales include a new “pathway” for intended parents to become legal parents as soon as the child is born, as well as a continued ban on payment for surrogacy. These articles explain or provide commentary on the proposed reforms as well as implications should they be implemented.

Surrogacy Law: What Is Intended… For Parents? For Surrogates? For Children? by Zaina Mahmoud, Progress Educational Trust

PET Podcast: Surrogacy Law – What Is Intended… For Parents? For Surrogates? For Children?by Sarah Norcross, Progress Educational Trust

Pandora’s box: Implications of surrogacy law reform proposals for birth registration by Thérèse Callus, Progress Educational Trust

Law Commissions’ proposals won’t achieve surrogacy modernisation by Natalie Gamble, Progress Educational Trust

Law Commissions publish draft surrogacy bill by Zoe Beketova, Progress Educational Trust

Intended parents should get legal status from birth, says British surrogacy review by Haroon Siddique, The Guardian

Surrogacy shake up in UK would create uneven treatment for birth mothers by Teresa Baron, The Conversation

The ConnecteDNA project: thinking about law reform and gamete donor anonymity

Progress Educational Trust | April 3, 2023

Identity release of donors is increasingly recognized as important for donor-conceived children, and direct-to-consumer DNA testing makes donor anonymity more difficult. Regulators and researchers are assessing whether law reforms should remove donor anonymity in gamete donation (which is common in surrogacy arrangements).

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Children’s views of surrogacy detailed in report given to UK law commissions

Irish Legal News | February 2, 2023

A new U.K. study asked young people born through surrogacy their views on surrogacy law. Children were positive about altruistic surrogacy involving an open contact, but were concerned about arrangements that involved financial compensation.

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Event Review: Future Directions in Surrogacy Law

Progress Educational Trust | January 23, 2023

The U.K. is in the process of reconsidering its surrogacy laws. Potential reforms include surrogacy birth registration, the process through which intended parents acquire legal parenthood, surrogates’ expenses, and how people born through surrogacy can access information about their origins.

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Why Egg Donors Need to be Brought Out of the Shadows in Surrogacy Arrangements

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw & Nina Barnsley | Progress | December 19, 2022

While research and discussions around surrogacy increasingly address relationships between surrogates and intended parents, they often fail to include egg donors, leading to marginalization of donors and lack of full knowledge of genetic origins for donor conceived people. 

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