‘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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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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New Federal Bill Could Allow Tax Deduction for Surrogacy Expenses, Remove Discrimination Against LGBTQ Tax Payers

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The “Equal Access to Reproductive Care Act,” filed by Representatives Adam Schiff and Judy Chu, in collaboration with organizations like Men Having Babies and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, will allow LGBTQ parents and single people to deduct ARTs–including surrogacy–on tax returns without needing to demonstrate medical infertility.

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Roe Reversal May Threaten Already Fragile LGBTQ Family-Planning Landscape

Julie Moreau | NBC News | August 1, 2022

US state abortion bans could affect IVF, because discarding embryos is common practice. LGBTQ couples will be disproportionately affected and are advised to consult with attorneys. Surrogates in these states will also have limited options in cases of pregnancy complications. 

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What Abortion Ruling Means for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Jody Madeira | Bloomberg Law | July 25, 2022

In the wake of the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion, several US states have banned abortion and defined life as beginning at fertilization or conception. Law professor Jody Madeira discusses issues that state legislatures must address to avoid unintended financial, social, and emotional consequences for those using ARTs.

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Maine Voices: Surrogacy Process Throws Dobbs Ruling Into Sharp Relief

Erin Cherald | The Press Herald | July 19, 2022

Following the US ruling on abortion, a former surrogate shares the details of her contract  that explicitly outlined the risks and her rights during pregnancy. She emphasizes that anti-abortion laws requiring a woman to give birth against her will are exploitation.

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Proposed Tennessee House Bill Could Impact Families Going Through IVF

Maranda Whittington | WREG | June 30, 2022

Tennessee’s trigger ban is set to go into effect within a month to prevent all abortions, and another bill introduced this session would expand offenses of “child abuse, neglect and endangerment” to an “unborn child,” defined as starting at fertilization. This would mean that those trying to start a family through IVF or surrogacy–or their physician–might face criminal charges if they discarded extra embryos.

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Gay Couple Files Complaint Against New York City Over Denying IVF Coverage

Jo Yurcaba | NBC News | April 15, 2022

A gay couple filed a charge against New York City because the city’s insurance policy for IVF is discriminatory. The policy requires a diagnosis of infertility, which is defined as “inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse,” which excludes gay couples.

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The Fight for Paid Parental Leave is a Fight for Queer Rights

David Dodge | Newsweek | November 22, 2021

The United States lacks a paid parental leave policy, which disproportionately affects queer men, because companies offering maternity leave policies often exclude or provide lesser benefits to the non-birthing partner. Laws must be updated to include all family structures and break the heteronormative expectation that the responsibility of childcare fall solely on women. While Congress debates legislation for national paid parental leave policies, independent businesses like Ikea and Target implemented their own all-inclusive paid leave policies. 

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Left, Right Agree Selling Bodies is Wrong – But Reasons Differ

Stephen D’Angelo | Cornell Chronicle | November 12, 2021

According to a new study from Cornell and Virginia Tech, the political left and right both consider bodily markets morally wrong, but for different reasons. Services and products in these markets include sex work, commercial surrogacy, and trade of kidneys, plasma, and reproductive cells. Through five studies, the researchers found that liberals believe commercializing human bodies can harm vulnerable communities and exacerbate social inequalities, while conservatives believe commercialization corrupts the sanctity of the human body and reduces it to a commodity. Understanding the differences can help lawmakers design policies on bodily markets that their constituents might support. 

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