Israel, Surrogacy

Israel – Netanyahu flip-flops on surrogacy rights for gay men

Source Al Monitor

On July 18, the Knesset approved a new law offering heterosexual couples and single women state-supported surrogacy. The new law excludes single men and gay couples. Previously, state support was offered only to married heterosexual couples. The final version did not include a proposed amendment that would have allowed single men to have a child in Israel through surrogacy.

There is no reason to be surprised that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suddenly withdrew his support for the amendment. Supporting it would have meant angering the ultra-Orthodox Knesset factions and a potential coalition crisis just moments before the Knesset begins its summer recess on July 22.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy orders rise five-fold

Source The Times

Surrogacy is booming, with the number of orders that transfer legal parenthood from the surrogate to intended parents up nearly five-fold in ten years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

The figures were released yesterday as an order was laid before parliament to allow single people who use a surrogate to become legal parents via a parental order. The aim is to create equality for single parents as well as people in a relationship where their partner does not want to become a legal parent.

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Israel, Surrogacy

Israel – LGBTs call nationwide strike in protest of surrogacy law excluding gays

Source Times Of Israel

Israel’s LGBT community has called a nationwide strike in protest of a bill passed by the Knesset that loosened surrogacy regulations but did not include a clause enabling gay couples to use a surrogate in order to have a child.

The community’s umbrella group, The Agudah, announced the strike in a post to its Facebook page Wednesday, shortly after parliament voted on the surrogacy bill, which extends eligibility to women in a same-sex relationship, but not men. The strike was called for Sunday and the organization urged all sympathizers to join the action.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Surrogate who has gifted six babies to women struggling with fertility reveals she’s planning to do it for a SEVENTH time – and she keeps in touch with ALL the families after giving birth

Source Daily Mail

Amy Trelease, 42, a management analyst, from Carson City, Nevada, said she was determined to help women struggling to conceive after learning about egg donation and surrogacy in college.
She gave the gift of a newborn for the first time at the age of 26, having donated her eggs twice before in her early 20s.

After having her third child Dillon, now 13, she went on to have five more babies in seven years, gifting them to women who were dealing with infertility.

She has scheduled an IVF transfer for next month, which will be her first step to carrying a baby for someone else for the seventh time. 

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – How the law is catching up with surrogacy

Source The Times

Advances in medical science and shifts in attitudes to the meaning of family have led to a growth in non-traditional methods of procreation, including surrogacy.

Ministry of Justice figures show that in the ten years to 2016, the number of parental order applications — the process by which legal parenthood is transferred from a surrogate to the intended parents — rose from 55 to 316.

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Surrogacy, Trafficking, Ukraine

Ukraine police expose Kyiv clinic trafficking babies. Law enforcers have established hundreds of “surrogate mothers” possibly involved in the scheme.

Source Unian

A Kyiv-based clinic specializing on reproductive technologies is being suspected of illegal trafficking of newborns out of Ukraine under the guise of surrogate parenthood, according to Chief of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev who spoke at a joint Monday briefing with Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

The investigation states that foreigners used fake medical papers to claim they are in fact genetic parents of newborns carried by surrogate mothers in Ukraine and effectively smuggled infants out of Ukraine.

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Israel, Same Sex, Surrogacy

Israel – Netanyahu Voices Support for Surrogacy Births for Gay Men

Source Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he supports surrogate births for gay men. He spoke at a meeting of Likud’s legislative caucus  that was closed to the media, addressing the issue after it was raised by party MK Amir Ohana.

“I support surrogacy for single fathers,” Netanyahu said. He said he favored amending the law during the current Knesset session if possible, but if not, he said it should be done later on, via reservations to an amendment bill that Ohana raised last week, to permit surrogacy procedures for same-sex couples. 

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy and me: the choosing process is over, we have a donor

Source The Times

I realise some of the terms I use in this column may be a little confusing to the uninitiated, so I thought this week I would do some untangling. There are a few types of surrogacy, but the first distinction is between gestational and traditional. In gestational surrogacy, either the intended mother’s eggs (my ideal option, although sadly not possible for me because I don’t have any), or a donor’s eggs are used. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate’s eggs are used, making her the biological mother of the child. The latter is rare because of all the next-level emotional and moral issues this understandably adds.

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New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – Mother to be surrogate for daughter – to carry and give birth to her own grandchild 

Source New Zealand Times

A 49-year-old Australia mother is set to give birth to her own grandchild after generously offering to help her own daughter have a baby.

Sherrie Zammit is set to give her 31-year-old daughter Chloe Simmonds the gift of a new life after agreeing to be a surrogate for her grandchild-to-be.

A decade ago Chloe underwent a hysterectomy after she was diagnosed with cancer following the birth of her son.

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Egg Donor, Surrogacy

Australia – ‘We can never thank her enough for helping us to achieve our dream’

Source Kidspot
After a hysterectomy to treat her severe endometriosis, Jennifer relied on the kindness of strangers to help her become a mum.

I was barely in my 20s when my fertility struggles began.

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with severe stage five endometriosis, a painful chronic condition that affected every aspect of my life.

I underwent a dozen laparoscopies to try and improve the condition, but when I was 21 it was decided that the only way to move forward in my treatment was to remove my ovary (I was only born with one).

Time was running out

I was single at the time but went through two egg retrievals before the procedure so that one day having a baby wasn’t entirely an impossible dream. I ended up with five eggs and after I had the surgery to remove my ovary I went into surgical menopause.

A year later I reconnected with an old friend Steve, I’d known him since childhood, he is the brother of one of my best friends. Steve and I quickly fell in love, and while we both wanted to start a family, my endo was just getting worse and the threat of me needing a hysterectomy was very real.

With that possibility looming, Steve and I decided to try IVF, knowing that time was running out.

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Israel, Surrogacy

Israel – SINGLE WOMEN SOON TO GET ACCESS TO SURROGACY, GAY COUPLES DENIED OPTION

Source The Jerusalem Post

A couple with their twin babies delivered by a surrogate mother. [Illustrative] (photo credit: REUTERS)

Until now, state-supported surrogacy has only been available for married heterosexual couples; the new law will expand the eligibility to single women as well.

Single women will soon be entitled to state support for having children through a surrogate mother, but gay couples will not, under the terms of legislation soon to be passed into law.

The surrogacy bill was approved in the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee on Monday for its second and third readings by an 8-4 vote, in a hearing that became noticeably emotional during comments made by two gay MKs, Amir Ohana of Likud and committee member Itzik Shmuli of the Zionist Union.

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Surrogacy

If your friend asked you to be their surrogate, what would you do?

Source Evening Standard

Do you have a friend that would carry your baby if you weren’t able to? This is the premise explored in Lauren Sams’ debut novel, She’s Having Her Baby. 

The book centres around Nina, who can’t conceive after years of trying, so asks her best friend Georgie – who, for the record definitely doesn’t want kids – to be her surrogate. 

Alcohol is involved and Georgie eventually agrees, but the process doesn’t come without its complications. 

Surrogacy, especially involving people close to you, is a subject not often explored in fiction, but Sams said the idea came to her after becoming a mother herself. 

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Ireland, LGBTQ Parental Rights, Surrogacy

Ireland – ‘How can I move home when Irish law does not recognise I am my son’s father?’

Source Irish Times
Parents who have had children by surrogacy are put off returning because of a legal limbo

After tens of thousands of dollars spent on IVF over three years, Jay O’Callaghan and his husband, Aaron O’Bryan, became a family in 2017 when their son, Jake, was born through surrogacy in Toronto, where the couple have lived for seven years.

On Jake’s Canadian birth certificate, both O’Callaghan and O’Bryan are listed as his parents, but under current Irish family law, neither has any legal rights over their son.

In Ireland, the surrogate mother and her husband would be considered Jake’s legal parents, even though she has no biological connection to Jake – a donor egg was used – and relinquished all rights.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Once the go-to place for surrogacy, India tightens control over its baby industry

Source PRI

Outside of a maternity ward, a young man and woman are bent over a phone. A few minutes ago, a nurse beckoned them over and ushered them in through a closed door. They came back out smiling. On the phone is the photo of a newborn baby girl. She’s in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; these are her parents in the waiting area, and her birth mother, or gestational carrier, is in the ward, getting some much-needed sleep.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Committee to keep watch on surrogacy centres

Source The Hindu

In an attempt to wipe out unauthorised surrogacy centres, the State government on Monday constituted a committee that will keep a check on all surrogacy centres.

The move follows a complaint by a woman named Shubhangi Bhostekar with the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in April this year. She said her husband, Prakash, a father of two girls, wanted a son, and so he went to a surrogate centre at a private hospital with his mother, claimed he was single and went ahead with the surrogacy.

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Same Sex, Single women, Surrogacy

Israel – Netanyahu Rejected Request to Consider Allowing Surrogates for Single Men, Same-sex Couples

Source Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman refused a request from Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to consider including single men and same-sex couples in proposed legislation allowing single women to use surrogacy services.
Litzman told the attorney general he believed the version of the government-sponsored bill that was approved by a Knesset committee this week, clearing the way for its approval by the legislature, should stand.

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy in the USA

Source Econo Times

Maybe you need it, maybe you know someone who does. Regardless, we could all do with learning more about surrogacy USA.

Suffering from infertility issues can be a devastating experience. Not to mention that many of the established and safe treatments are under some pretty intense scrutiny. Including surrogacy USA. Surrogacy USA has some of the best success rates, most advanced technologies, and friendliest laws in the world, yet there seems to still be widespread confusion about what surrogacy USA actually is.

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Israel, Lesbian, Surrogacy

Israel – This Lesbian Couple Fears for Their Twins’ Lives. But Israel Worries About the Paperwork

Source Haaretz

Last month, the Tel Aviv Family Court ordered the state to recognize the parenthood of a woman whose partner served as a surrogate for her frozen embryos and gave birth to twins. The judge lambasted the government for its role in the affair: The state made the women go through a paper chase to adopt the twins – because the parents were two and a half weeks late in filing their request. And this happened when the babies were in intensive care.

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Surrogacy

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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