Embryo, Frozen Eggs, Frozen Sperm

Extra sperm, eggs, embryos mean parents must make decisions

Source Chicago Tribune

It was 2008, and for more than a year, Patrick and Kate Sandusky had been trying to get pregnant.

Facing infertility, the Lakeview couple hadn’t thought about having too many chances to have children. Eventually, a fertility specialist said a procedure Kate had undergone years earlier would mean they needed in vitro fertilization. Through IVF, the couple had three children — now 9-year-old twins and a 6-year-old daughter.

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Parental rights, UK

UK – Rights for Surrogate Parents

Source Working Families

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. One or both of the couple may provide the genetic material for the child. You should seek legal advice before entering into a surrogacy arrangement.

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Surrogate Responsibility for Orphaned Children Examined

Source Medical Bag

In cases of surrogacy where commissioning couples abandon a child who was born with a commercial surrogate, certain jurisdictions suggest that the surrogate take responsibility for the child. However, investigators reporting in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggest that commercial surrogates should not be given the responsibility of a child in the case of parental abandonment, citing arguments for potential legislation and the need for clearer definitions in such instances.

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Surrogacy, Theft

Former surrogacy services owner faces felony charges

Source Portland Tribune

She was cast as the face of an industry pregnant with possibility — with dozens of local and international clients streaming to Portland for the surrogacy services she described as “so rewarding and fulfilling.”

Now, Jeri Lynn Chambers is facing felony charges for allegedly taking a different sort of reward.

The 40-year-old Sherwood resident is charged with five counts of first-degree theft for reportedly stealing thousands of dollars from a Seattle man in 2015 and 2016, according to a secret indictment filed in Washington County Court on May 30.

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Malta, Surrogacy Law

Malta – Common sense has prevailed

Source Times of Malta

A child born as a result of gamete donation will have a right to know the identity of his biological mother and father at the age of 18. Photo: Shutterstock

Thankfully it seems like common sense has prevailed regarding the amendments to the Embryo Protection Act. There are three main fundamental improvements to the original Bill.

The first is that a child born as a result of gamete donation will have a right to know the identity of his biological mother and father at the age of 18.

The second is that the parents of frozen embryos will be given an additional IVF cycle, free of charge, to give all embryos the chance to be brought to term. This is certainly an improvement over the original Bill; however this should be further strengthened with a legal obligation to do so within a two-year period unless a medical condition precludes this. This will significantly reduce the number of embryos that will be ‘up for adoption’, which should only be exceptional cases – preferably none at all.

The third amendment is that the regulation of altruistic surrogacy is going to be discussed in a separate Act of Parliament, rather than through a legal notice subsidiary to the Embryo Protection Act. The surrogate mother will be given all the support she needs while respecting the rights of the biological gamete owners.

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Canada – Surrogate mom who has delivered 7 babies for others ‘would do it all over again’

Source CBC.CA

Kristy Cartwright has given birth to three sets of twins and a baby boy, for four different families — and if she could do it all again, she would in a heartbeat.

This despite the fact that currently, the federal law does not allow surrogates to be paid for their services, although there’s been a recent push to change that law.

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Canada, Sperm Donor Registry

Canada – Has the age of the anonymous sperm donor ended?

Source Ottawa Citizen

Erin Jackson did not learn that her biological father was a sperm donor until she was 35. Until then, her parents had kept it a secret, as the doctor involved had advised.

That information, when it arrived, put Jackson’s entire life into a new perspective. “It was shocking, but it also made complete sense to me. It was probably the most transformational life event I have experienced,” said the Toronto native who now lives in California.

The first question she had after learning the truth was about the donor. And that is where Jackson, like many people who were donor conceived, hit a brick wall. There was no donor number, no health information; her mother didn’t even remember the name of the clinic she used.

“I wanted to know where I came from.”

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Frozen Embryo Legal Battle

Woman must turn over embryo for estranged husband to destroy: judges

Source NY Post

An appeals court has taken away a Manhattan woman’s frozen embryo — and given it to her estranged husband to destroy.

In April 2017, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan granted Bat-El Yishay Finkelstein sole custody of the embryo that a fertility clinic had created with her egg and her husband Yoram Finkelstein’s sperm.

The judge based her decision in part on the fact that the embryo represented the now 53-year-old wife’s “last chance to become a biological parent.”

Finkelstein, a 63-year-old architect, challenged the ruling.

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NJ, Surrogacy Law

End of an Era: New Jersey Legalizes Surrogacy, 29 Years After Baby M

Source Verdict Justia

For the third time, the New Jersey legislature passed a bill to legalize gestational surrogacy. Two previous times, in 2012 and 2015, bills approved by the legislature were vetoed by then-Governor Chris Christie. Both times, Christie expressed concern that the legislature had not sufficiently considered or responded to the potential harms of surrogacy. But Christie was replaced by Democrat Phil Murphy in 2016, and Murphy signed the most recent bill into law. The bill had been approved by the legislature along party lines. Surrogacy is not obviously a partisan issue—many of its critics are liberal feminists—but Republicans in New Jersey all voted against the bill or abstained.

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Fertility over 40, UK

UK – As Brigitte Nielsen announces she’s pregnant at 54, an expert warns that celebrities who are not open about using donor eggs to conceive are giving women ‘false hope’

Source Daily Mail

Last week, actress Brigitte Nielsen shocked fans by revealing she’s pregnant with her fifth child at 54, joining a long list of celebrities who have conceived in their 40s and 50s, such as Rachel Weiss, 48.

As fertility starts to decline after the age of 35, many women who fall pregnant in later life do so by using a donor egg.

Other famous women who have conceived in later life include Janet Jackson who got pregnant at 50 and Halle Berry who had her second child at 47, although it can’t be said for certain that any of these famous women did use donor eggs
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Fertility over 50

What it’s like to have a baby after 45

Source NBCNews

Brigitte Nielsen announced this week that she’s pregnant at 54. Senator Tammy Duckworth recently gave birthto daughter Maile a month after she turned 50. Janet Jackson also had a child at 50. So did singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins. Supermodel Iman had daughter Alexandria when she was 48.

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Canada, Donor Eggs

Canada – Baylis: Paying for egg donations enters dicey territory

Source Ottawa Citizen

In Canada, it is illegal to pay a woman for her eggs; it is not illegal, however, for a woman to sell her eggs. That is, in Canada the buying is illegal; the selling is not.

Anthony Housefather, Liberal member of Parliament for Mount Royal, wants to change this. He wants to remove the prohibition on payment so as to facilitate the introduction of a commercial market in human reproduction. A commercial market would benefit fertility doctors, lawyers and brokers by increasing their profits. It would also benefit some intended parents who cannot access women’s bodies without payment.

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Egg Freezing

Why do women regret freezing their eggs?

Source The Sydney Morning Herald

From the time she was a teenager, Donna* knew she wanted to have a baby. When she ended her most recent relationship at age 39, she decided to see a fertility specialist about freezing her eggs.

At that stage, she didn’t want to use donor sperm to undergo IVF, so she wasn’t ready to freeze an embryo. Instead, she wanted to freeze her eggs so she could use them down the track with a future partner.

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Canada, surrogacy compensation, Surrogate Mother

Canadian parents want to do more for the surrogates carrying their babies

Source Global News

A private member’s bill has been tabled, with the goal of decriminalizing the act of paying surrogates in Canada. The legal patchwork surrounding the issue is grey. Abigail Bimman explains how the system works now, and why there’s opposition to the change.

With beaming smiles and giddy excitement, Mike Black and Travis Wood show off an ultrasound photo of their nine-week-old, unborn baby.

“I’ve been dreaming every night it’s a baby boy,” Black told Global New earlier this week.

Getting the photo required a 4,000-kilometre trip from Slave Lake, Alta., to Ottawa, where the couple’s surrogate lives and was getting an ultrasound. It’s an experience Black describes as “life-changing.”

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Catholic, Surrogacy Law

Push to expand surrogacy practices in US raises questions

Source Catholic News Agency

Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2018 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A proposal introduced earlier this year aims to expand the practice of surrogacy within the U.S. in an effort to include same-sex couples as surrogate parents and to loosen state supervision over surrogacy contracts.

The measure was proposed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) with the goal of updating the Uniform Parentage Act, which provides the current model legislation for the legal rights of surrogacy practices within the U.S.

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Egg Donor, UK

UK – What it’s really like to donate your eggs to a stranger

Source Cosmopolitan

30-year-old Kerri shared every aspect of the process with us – from why she did it to how it affected her, the health risks and the pay she didn’t know you got.

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Most women have probably never even considered donating their eggs – and neither had Kerri, 30, until she saw an advert for it on a London tube.

“To be honest, I didn’t even know that you could donate eggs,” she told Cosmopolitan UK. But the curiosity got the better of her and, after weeks of playing on her mind, she googled the London clinic advertised on the underground, eager to know more.

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Surrogacy Law

New Jersey couples looking to start a family can now sign contracts with surrogate mothers

Source NorthJersey.com

New Jerseysans hoping to become parents but struggling to conceive children are now allowed to enter legally binding agreements with “gestational carriers” under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

In a flurry of activity this week, Murphy, a Democrat, also signed about a dozen other measures, including one to protect the Obama-era insurance mandate, and conditionally vetoed a handful more.

The measure authorizing gestational carrier agreements had twice been vetoed by Murphy’s predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, who worried about the “profound change” the practice could bring to how families are started. 

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Surrogacy Law

Here’s what N.J.’s new surrogacy law means for couples and women willing to give birth to their child

Source NJ.com

New Jersey state law caught up to medical science Wednesday, when Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that provides legal protection to New Jersey couples struggling with infertility and sign a contract with a woman willing to carry their child.

The New Jersey Gestational Carrier Act clarifies the law as it applies to women who, unlike surrogates, have no biological link to the fetus because the egg belongs to another woman.

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This Current New York Law Is Odd

Source Above The Law

Last Thursday, two New York Assemblymen — Jeffrey Dinowitz and Richard N. Gottfriend — who are the Chairs of the Judiciary and Health Committees, respectively, held a joint public hearing of their Committees. They invited experts to give testimony on a new bill before the New York Assembly, the proposed Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA). Hoping to catch up to the rest of the country, the CPSA would overturn the 26-year-old prohibition on compensated surrogacy in New York. It would also solidify parent-child relationships for children conceived with assisted reproductive technology. These two reforms would give people who need help growing their families a much-needed victory.

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IVF, UK

UK – TERRIFIC TWOSOME  Single mum’s IVF quest for kids led to twins — born THREE YEARS apart

Source The Sun

Samantha spent £12,000 on fertility treatments, with her five-year-old, Grace and 21-month-old Rory, conceived at the same time with her egg and donor sperm.

They were both born from the same embryos.

Grace came from the first batch implanted through IVF and Rory from the second, which was frozen for three years before being implanted.

Samantha, 46, says that despite their age gap, the bond between Grace and Rory is as strong as i

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