Khloe Kardashian praised for ‘honesty’ after admitting she felt ‘guilty’ about surrogate pregnancy

The Independent | May 28, 2023

Khloé Kardashian discussed her recent experience of having a child through a surrogate: “I wish someone was honest about surrogacy and the difference of it. That doesn’t mean it’s bad – it’s great, but it’s very different.”

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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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Spanish TV star’s decision to have child via surrogate in US sparks furore

The Guardian | March 30, 2023

A 68-year-old Spanish actor’s decision to have a child via a surrogate in the U.S. has set off a political firestorm in Spain, prompting both criticism from several government ministers as well as calls to reconsider Spain’s longstanding ban on the practice.

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The commercial surrogacy industry is booming as demand for babies rises

CNBC | March 7, 2023

With more intended parents interested in surrogacy––largely from wealthier Western countries––comes more demand for surrogates. Women in countries including Georgia and Mexico are drawn to surrogacy because of the financial compensation, but risks of exploitation–particularly in a largely unregulated industry– remain. 

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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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The Business of Renting Wombs is Thriving–and Surrogates Don’t Always Understand the Risks

Carolyn Barber | Fortune Well | November 17, 2022

The surrogacy industry is booming in the US with little to no oversight. Clinics often fail to inform potential surrogates about risks of IVF, which can lead to dangerous complications for them and for the children.

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Should ‘Social Surrogacy’ Be Permitted?

Ellen Trachman | Above the Law | November 16, 2022

The US-based nonprofit SEEDS recognizes ethical challenges of the surrogacy industry and is establishing best practices for surrogacy agencies to follow. But even this approach assumes, with evidence to the contrary, that US clinics will be able to self-regulate.

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‘We Are Expected To Be OK with Not Having Children’: How Gay Parenthood Through Surrogacy Became a Battleground

Jenny Kleeman | The Guardian | October 1, 2022

Gay men hoping to have biological children navigate high costs, complex surrogacy laws, and infertility definitions that exclude LGBTQ persons. But critics worry about exploitation of surrogates, especially internationally.

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In the Wake of Dobbs, IVF’s Future Becomes Uncertain, Forecasts Prof. Melissa Murray

Emily Rosenthal | NYU  | September 27, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Dobbs. vs. Jackson Women’s Health enabled states to restrict or ban abortion, which could limit the use of IVF in those states, including in the case of surrogacy. Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion opened the door to challenging LGBTQ rights, which could have ripple effects on surrogacy and other techniques often used by same-sex couples for family formation. 

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The Surrogacy Industry Braces for a Post-Roe World

David Dodge | The New York Times | August 23, 2022

Concerned about losing access to pregnancy care, and fearful of legal consequences, surrogates and those who work with them are rewriting contracts and changing the way they operate. 

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