Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Senator aims to repeal legal protections for surrogate births

Source:  St George News

With the issue now before the Utah Supreme Court of whether or not gay men should have the right to the same legal protections in surrogate birth arrangements as others have under Utah law, one senator wants to end those protections, at least for now, for all couples in order to keep a promise he made 13 years ago.

Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is seeking to pass a bill that would end legal protections for surrogate births | Profile photo via, St. George News Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, is sponsoring a bill, designated SB 126, that would repeal Utah law on gestational agreements, law that came from a bill he sponsored in 2005.

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Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

A dad’s discovery: Raising a child is thankless work

Source: The Globe and Mail

A year ago, after their surrogate’s long night of labour, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their new daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby.
A year ago, after their surrogate’s labour through the night, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby.

A year ago, after their surrogate’s labour through the night, Globe business reporter Tim Kiladze, left, and his husband, Matt, finally got to meet their daughter Eva. Tim took 10 months of parental leave to care for the baby .

I tried my very best to be calm, convincing myself that everything before this, all the agony and the ecstasy in my life, had been preparation for this moment.

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Surrogacy, UK

If you are thinking about having children through surrogacy, you should go to this event

Source:  Pink News


Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular way for couples to have children, but the process varies around the world and where to start can be a challenge for some parents.

Well look no further – this event has all the information you need to get started on the process of starting your family with surrogacy.

In reality, surrogacy is as old as the Bible, but despite its rich history, parents-to-be and surrogates are both in need of a lot of support from the beginning of their journey.

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Employee Benefits, Fertility Benefits, Same Sex, Surrogacy

Fertility benefits becoming hot retention tool for employers

Source:  EBN

A roughly 10% spike in employer-offered fertility benefits is expected in the next two years as more companies evaluate and prioritize family-friendly benefits in an effort to attract and retain top talent.

New research out by Willis Towers Watson reveals the percentage of employers offering fertility benefits to employees is expected to grow from 55% in 2017 to 66% by 2019. And, of employers already offering financial assistance, 81% said the benefits would apply to same-sex couples next year, compared with 65% in 2017.

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Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law

Tribune Editorial: The Legislature should leave the surrogacy law alone

Source:  The Salt Lake Tribune

Surprisingly, maddeningly, the Utah Legislature is still fighting gay marriage.

At least one legislator is. Sen. Lyle Hillyard introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal a 2005 law that allowed Utah couples to have children through surrogacy. Hillyard was the sponsor of the 2005 law.

Dozens of Utahns shared their surrogacy stories and asked a legislative committee to block the bill. Lisa Candie Barlow told the committee she is currently 14 weeks pregnant as a surrogate for her brother and her brother’s wife.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Mothers’ campaign for change to surrogacy laws

Source ITV

Pete and Tracy (C) with surrogates Kate (L) and Trisha (R)

A woman from Rotherham who has been a surrogate mother twice – is calling for urgent changes to what they believe to be outdated surrogacy law.

When Kate became pregnant she always intended to give the child to its parents, Tracy and Pete from Portsmouth.

But, under UK law she could have changed her mind at any point and kept the baby as her own, because she gave birth to the child

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Donor Eggs, Donor Embryos, Egg Donation, Egg Donor, Gay Parenting, New Zealand, Same Sex, Surrogacy

New Zealand – Gay couple find Māori egg donor through newspaper ad – now they need a surrogate

Source: Stuff NZ

Nelson and Baden Marino-Hall have been together more than five years and run a successful home renovation company in Queensland called The Reno Lads.

A married same-sex couple who advertised in The Dominion Post for a Māori egg donor have found one – and are now searching for a surrogate.

About 60 Māori women offered to help after Baden and Nelson Marino-Hall, who live in Toowoomba, Queensland, sought a donor in July last year.

They settled on one, who lives in Australia, and now have six donated embryos on ice.

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Gay Parenting, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Extraordinary journeys to fatherhood

Source: Gay Times

There have been huge changes in the surrogacy options available to gay men in recent years. Once only available in certain US states, for a short period gay singles and couples were engaging in Thailand, India, Nepal, Cambodia and more recently Mexico for surrogacy. But Asian countries have closed their doors to foreign surrogacy, leading to renewed interest in the US and a surge in interest in Canada. Kenya, Russia and even Nicaragua are starting to offer surrogacy to fill the void left when Asian nations closed. However a raft of complexities remain.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Central Government Approves Maternity Leave For Employees Opting For Surrogacy


For babies born through surrogacy, commissioning mothers can avail paid maternity leave

New Delhi: Central government’s women employees, whose children are born through surrogacy, will now be entitled to maternity leave, according to an official order of the personnel ministry.

The employees can avail of paid maternity leaves up to 26 weeks (about 180 days).

The ministry has written to all central government departments about a 2015 Delhi High Court order on this issue.

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Infertility, Law, Same Sex, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

After courts started allowing gay couples to use surrogates, a Utah senator wants to repeal the law he once championed

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) l-r Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan listens as Sarah Tuttle gives reasons not to repeal SB126 regarding surrogacy Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at the Capitol. “I would’ve given anything to have been able to carry my own children,” said Tuttle who now has two daughters thanks to a surrogate, Kara Ford, who is now her best friend.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Sen. Lyle Hillyard sat in his chair as Lisa Candie Barlow asked him not to repeal the law that provides her legal protections while she carries her brother’s child.

Barlow is 14 weeks pregnant with a baby that she’ll give back to her brother upon delivery.

She was one of dozens of mothers, fathers and surrogates – including Abby Cox, who is married to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox – who pleaded with a committee on Wednesday to block Hillyard’s SB126.

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India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Female employees having child by surrogacy to get maternity leave

Source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has instructed all Central ministries and departments to implement a 2015 order of the Delhi High Court for granting maternity leave to female employees who chooses to have a child by commissioning a surrogacy. Such leave would include both the pre-natal and post-natal period.

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Embryo, Hysterectomy, Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

This woman was her own son and daughter-in-law’s surrogate, and whoa

Source: Hello Giggles

While still not often discussed, fertility issues affect so many women and families in our culture. And Kayla Jones, 29, knew conceiving would be impossible after receiving a partial hysterectomy as a teenager.

But while Kayla’s uterus was removed, her ovaries weren’t — meaning she could still potentially have a child that was biologically hers with the help of a gestational surrogate. And that’s where her mother-in-law, 50-year-old Patty Resecker, came in.

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Gestational carrier agreements, Law, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Lawmakers Hope Third Time’s a Charm on Surrogacy Contract Legislation

Ultrasound-Keepsake (Photo: Jodi Jacobson/

Source: New Jersey Law Journal

A committee of the New Jersey Legislature has recommended approval of a bill—identical to one previously vetoed—that would permit legally binding gestational carrier agreements.

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Gestational surrogacy, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law

House passes ‘parentage’ bill

Source: Vermont Business Magazine

The Vermont House today gave approval to H.562, a bill pertaining to parentage (link is external). In 2017, the Legislature created a study committee in response to the Vermont Supreme Court’s request to provide legislative recommendations to modernize Vermont’s parentage laws to recognize the changing nature of Vermont families. H.562 is the result of the Parentage Study Committee’s work.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

I Carried a Baby for Another Couple, and I’d Do It Again in a Heartbeat

Source: Glamour

On February 16, 2017, Cheryl Flynn of Fillmore, Utah, gave birth to a healthy baby boy—though the child’s parents lived across the country, in New Jersey. Flynn was their surrogate. A mother of three already, Flynn and the baby’s parents found each other through Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey—which works with 80 to 100 gestational surrogates every year—and it went so well that Flynn plans to act as a surrogate for the same couple again as soon as she is able (her doctor at RMANJ, Rita Gulati, M.D., FACOG, explains that gestational surrogates have to wait a full 12 months after delivery before attempting another pregnancy). “I am wishing Cheryl and the intended parents anther smooth and successful journey,” Dr. Gulati told Glamour. “This is definitely an exciting time.” While Flynn did not discuss her fee, being a gestational surrogate can generate anywhere from $25,000 to $240,000 and up for the woman carrying the pregnancy. Here, Flynn tells us in her own words what it’s like to be a gestational surrogate.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, UK

It’s time to talk about surrogacy. British law leaves potential parents in legal limbo

Source: Little Atoms

The surrogate birth of Chicago, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s youngest child, has brought the issue of surrogacy into the public focus. Many couples here, unable to have children themselves, may look on at the apparent ease by which Kim and Kanye entered into surrogacy arrangement with some envy. For many in the UK, hoping to engage a surrogate and fulfill their dream of having a child, the prospects are bleak.

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State Street Expands Employee Benefit Policies

Source: Digital Journal

BOSTON–(Business Wire)–State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) today announced that it has broadened its US family support policies, effective January 1, 2018, in an effort to offer even more inclusive benefits to its employees. The company will now offer four weeks of fully-paid leave for employees who are primary caregivers to a child born via surrogacy. This benefit is in addition to State Street’s existing parental leave policy of eight weeks fully-paid time off for all parents. While these types of paid leave benefits were previously available after a year of service, employees are now eligible as of their date of hire.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

Strict surrogacy law bans financial gain

Source: National

Thai nationals eligible to apply for board approval for assisted pregnancies in cases related to medical conditions.

To protect children born via surrogates and prevent problems similar to those that have made recent headlines, authorities have set up strict rules for couples who wished to have a child via surrogacy due to difficulty conceiving a child naturally, and those wishing to provide that service.

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother, Turkey

Number of Turkish women illegally seeking surrogate mothers online, abroad on rise: Report

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

The number of Turkish women illegally seeking surrogate mothers abroad, especially in countries where the practice is common and legal, such as in Greek Cyprus, Georgia and the United States, or women offering to become surrogates for money has been on the rise, daily Habertürk reported on Feb. 5.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Williston woman gives birth to another couple’s baby

Source: Bismarck Tribune

Tabatha Ballein, of Williston, gave birth to the daughter of Shannon Mouser and Seth Paskin, of Austin, Texas on Thursday at 6:45 a.m. Sky Eloise Paskin, was born at 6 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 inches long.

Shannon Mouser and Seth Paskin, of Austin, Texas, have desperately been trying to have a child of their own.

The couple married in 2014 and immediately tried various methods to get pregnant, including vitro fertilization, which involves combining sperm and an egg outside of the body, and artificial insemination. For years, they had no luck.

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