Surrogacy Law

Cuomo proposes law to end ban on surrogate moms

Source NY Post

Gov. Cuomo is proposing a new law that will lift the ban on surrogacy contracts — enabling New Yorkers for the first time to pay a woman to have a baby for them through in-vitro fertilization.

The ban has been in place since 1992.

“New York’s antiquated laws frankly are discriminatory against all couples struggling with fertility, same sex or otherwise” Cuomo said in a statement to The Post.

“This measure rights this wrong and creates a new and long-overdue path for them to start families and also provide important legal protections for the parents-to-be and the women who decide to become surrogates.”

The move comes after Cuomo and the Democratic-run state Legislature last month approved a law updating and expanding New York’s abortion rights law, angering Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the Catholic Church.

The church also opposes the legalization of commercial surrogacy as “human trafficking.”

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Gay Parenting, Surrogacy, UK

UK – Miracle Twins Each Have Different Fathers & Their Dads Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

Source Cafe mom

Typically, when we think of in vitro fertilization, we imagine one sperm sample that gets implanted into an egg, but for two dads from London, they are thanking modern medicine for allowing them both the opportunity to be the genetic parents of their babies — at the same time. Fathers Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards were stunned when doctors told them that they didn’t have to choose between the two of them as to who would get to become a father first and helped them to conceive miracle twins. Both men were able to fertilize donor embryos and implant them into the same surrogate’s womb at the same time. Now, they’re sharing their story with the world to show how advancements in fertility medicine have changed their lives.
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Canada, Surrogacy

Surrogacy and IVF in Canada: What you need to know

Source Toronto City News

A Toronto man’s journey to fatherhood via surrogacy in Kenya has drawn attention to the diverse ways in which people may choose to have children.

However it was also a reminder that the rules and costs around assisted reproduction may not be well known.

Here’s a look at the ins and outs of surrogacy and in vitro fertilization in Canada.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)

In Canada, IVF treatments cost about $10,000 to $15,000 per cycle on average. In some cases, the cost of fertility drugs and other tests and consultations can push that cost up to around $20,000.

Four provinces currently provide financial assistance for in vitro fertilization.

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Surrogacy

‘The ultimate gift’: Local surrogate mother helps fulfill others’ dreams

Source WRAL

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — Heidi Worthington, of Fuquay-Varina, is a pharmacist and a mother of two boys, but she has spent a lot of time pregnant.

“He knows, when mommy’s tummy gets big, that those aren’t my babies. Those aren’t our babies,” she said.

Since 2016, Worthington has carried three babies as a surrogate mother for two couples, including one set of twins.

“You have friends that struggle with infertility. You hear stories, and it is kind of heartbreaking. So, I had a desire to help and do something,” she said.

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother, UK

UK – Most surrogates want to give up their parental rights from BIRTH, reveals survey

Source Daily Mail

Surrogates remain the baby’s legal mother until a parental order is granted, which can take months.

But a survey has now revealed 69 per cent of surrogate mothers feel the law – which has existed since 1990 – should be changed.

Surrogacy UK, a support network, has described the law as being ‘outdated and in dire need of reform’.

The current laws are under review by the Law Commission, which is to publish its updated proposals in the coming weeks.

The survey by Surrogacy UK was conducted on 102 surrogate mothers, The Times reports.   

Only two of the women who were polled revealed they thought they should be the legal parents at birth. 

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Surrogacy, Surrogate Mother

Surrogate mother who refused abortion launches effort to change laws

Source KHOU

Stephanie Levesque was at the center of a surrogacy story that made national headlines one year ago. This is the first time she’s speaking publicly.

DALLAS — Stephanie Levesque is an ardent supporter of surrogacy because the process brought her and so many other families immense joy.
She is finally ready to talk about the pain she endured over the last year. “There’s been a lot of mourning. There’s been a lot of heartache,” she said.
On December 21, 2017, Stephanie gave birth at Medical City Dallas.
Sixteen weeks into an otherwise normal pregnancy, doctors had discovered a serious heart defect in the baby.

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Surrogacy

ANDY COHEN EMBRACES PARENTHOOD WELCOMES A BABY BOY VIA SURROGACY

Source In

Andy Cohen is finally a paa! The Emmy-winning reality television show producer, New York Times best-selling author, talk show and also a radio host welcomed his first kid via surrogacy on Monday, February 4, 2019. Cohen took to his Instagram and shared the happy news along with a monochrome photo of himself warming up his child by wrapping the newborn in his arms. Going by the shared post, Andy’s kid was born 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 20 inches tall. Cute!

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India, Surrogacy

India – Ekta Kapoor is a Mom to a Baby Boy Via Surrogacy

Source Fit

Ekta Kapoor, the giant of Television Entertainment, is a mom to a baby boy. Following in her brother Tushar Kapoor’s footsteps, she welcomed the baby via a surrogate, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Tushar Kapoor’s son Lakshya was born in 2017. Other members of the film fraternity who have welcomed children via surrogacy include Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Lisa Ray, Sunny Leone among others.

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Spain, Surrogacy

In Spain, international adoptions plunge while surrogacy grows

Source ElPais

In a little over a decade, the number of foreign children adopted by Spanish parents has plunged from 5,541 to 531, representing a drop of more than 90%.

The effects of the economic crisis, the refusal by some countries to let same-sex couples adopt, and the long waiting times have been cited as causes for this sharp decline.

But new voices are starting to add another reason, which is hard to measure because Spain keeps no official records of it: surrogacy. While the practice is not legal in Spain, hundreds of couples are going abroad to seek the service elsewhere, in countries such as Ukraine and the United States.

“The surrogacy trend has increased in the last few years, and this rise coincides in time with a drop in international adoptions, which is relevant because surrogacy is also international,” wrote Federico de Montalvo, president of Spain’s Bioethics Committee, in a recent column published in this newspaper.

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Surrogacy, UK

Court Awards Damages To Go Do Something Illegal — To Pursue Compensated Surrogacy In A Country Where It Is Permitted

Source Above The Law

A court in England awarded a woman damages so that she could undergo surrogacy in the United States up to four times! The 35-year-old British woman, known only as “XX” in court filings in order to preserve her anonymity — possibly because she works for MI-5, we’ll never know — permanently lost her ability to conceive after the National Health Services (NHS) failed to detect her early signs of cancer. What was a “benign, treatable pre-cancerous condition” developed into malignant cancer, which spread in her body and caused permanent damage to her uterus and ovaries, among other organs.

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New Zealand, Surrogacy

NZ – The Gift of Life: Egg donor becomes surrogate as pay back for sperm donation

Source Stuff NZ

Natasha Dalziel has three children – three “gifts” born from sperm donation – so as she sees it, she owes three gifts in return.

The 30-year-old from Te Awamutu has donated her eggs to help a couple conceive, and is currently 16 weeks pregnant as a surrogate for a gay couple, all in the name of “paying it forward”.
Five years ago, Dalziel and her then-wife walked into a fertility clinic for the first time.

Then 25 years old, she joined a waiting list for a donor, before finding the match that gave her her son Jacob, now 4, 12 months later.

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Surrogacy

Surrogate mom gets temporary custody; biological dad sues

Source Chroniclet

ELYRIA — A Lorain father has filed a lawsuit against the surrogate mother of his 4-year-old daughter for breach of contract after a judge awarded temporary custody to the surrogate, who in the initial surrogacy contract agreed to have no contact with the child.

Last week, Thomas Mika filed a lawsuit against Sanchia Weinstein, of Lorain, for fraud and breach of contract for violating a surrogate agreement.

According to the lawsuit, the two sides entered into the agreement in 2013 and Mika supplied his frozen sperm to be artificially inseminated with one of Weinstein’s eggs. Weinstein was then to carry the child until birth and then have no legal rights to the child.

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016: What is Surrogacy? A Guide To Understanding The Surrogate Birth Procedure

Source Latestly

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday 19th of December. The bill is said to help prevent commercialisation of the procedure of surrogacy. Surrogacy Bill aims to curb exploitation of vulnerable women and make the process of surrogacy free of any loopholes. However, the process of surrogacy is one misunderstood subjects especially in countries like India. Using a surrogate mother being a new concept even now, needs more clarity and awareness to different aspects of it like who can become a surrogate mother, how to find a surrogate mother, legal processes behind it and who can opt for surrogacy as a process to become parents. Here’s everything you would want to know about surrogacy.

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India, Surrogacy

India – Couples ready to challenge Surrogacy Bill

Source New Indian Express

BENGALURU: Couples who had pinned hopes on surrogacy as an option to become parents are now planning to go to court to challenge the newly passed Surrogacy Bill. The bill says only legally married couples who have been medically proven infertile can opt for surrogacy. It bans commercial surrogacy, and allows only “altruistic surrogacy”.“The bill basically has tried to ensure that people trying to misuse surrogacy commercially should be curbed. But the Bill has many loopholes which has to be addressed, otherwise many couples will lose their chance of being parents,” said Dr B Ramesh, IVF and infertility specialist.

Meanwhile, Sarika N A and Govind Bhat, software professionals who have been married for six years, and who were thinking of surrogacy as an option have now decided to talk to associations concerned to take the matter legally.“We had almost finalised on this process with our doctor and now we are shocked with this bill. It is ridiculous. How can government interfere into someone’s personal choices? Which relative would agree to bear the whole of pregnancy? We will definitely go to court against this and also explore other options,” said Sarika.

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Surrogacy

Tattnall County woman becomes surrogate for the second time

Source WTOC

TATTNALL COUNTY, GA (WTOC) – This is the season of giving, and one Tattnall County woman is giving a couple a gift they will cherish forever.

Jessi Winkler decided to be a surrogate mother for a couple back in 2015. After having a baby girl for the couple, she decided to do it for them again – but this time – there’s a big surprise involved.

Jessi and her husband Sean have lived in Reidsville with their children for most of their lives. A few years ago, Jessi and her husband talked about her carrying a child for her cousin who was having complications getting pregnant.

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Ireland, Surrogacy

Ireland – Babies could be handed over to parents in car parks under ‘flawed’ proposed surrogate laws

Source Independent

Proposals to regulate surrogacy run the risk of leaving new parents being handed over a baby in a hospital car park, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.

Dr Deirdre Madden, of the School of Law in Cork, was commenting on the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, which plans to legislate for fertility and related treatments.

She said the proposals in relation to surrogacy should be changed.
Parents who are using a surrogate to have a child for them should be given legal rights during pregnancy, she said.
The law proposes it happens after birth.

This could lead to hospitals not allowing the handover of the child by the birth mother to the new parents in the hospital, and there have been reports of this transfer in car parks in some cases in the UK, she said.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Commercial surrogacy: lifting legal restrictions is the moral thing to do to help people trying to have babies

Source The Conversation

When it comes to the controversial issue of surrogate motherhood – and, in particular, payment for such services – the law in the UK needs to be reviewed. So says Sir James Munby, the most senior judge in the Family Division in England and Wales until his retirement in 2017.

Many others including myself have been arguing this for years. It is a commonly held view – often repeated in the media – that commercial surrogate motherhood is illegal and that payment to a surrogate mother is a criminal offence. This is not the case.

Under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act (1985), it is not illegal for a couple to pay a surrogate to carry a baby for them and it is not illegal for the mother to accept payment. However, it is illegal for any other person to take or offer money in relation to surrogate motherhood.

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Same Sex, Surrogacy

Gay Singaporean man wins landmark appeal to adopt surrogate child

Source BBC

A gay Singaporean man has won a landmark court case which will allow him to adopt a child he fathered through a surrogate.

The man, 46, and his long-term partner carried out the process in the US at a cost of $200,000 (£159,000), as surrogacy is illegal in Singapore.

He tried to legally adopt the child but the bid was rejected last year, leaving him with no legal parental rights.

Same-sex marriages are not recognised in Singapore and gay sex is illegal.

The four-year-old child is considered illegitimate in the eyes of the law as the surrogate mother and biological father are not married.

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