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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Surrogacy

The Threat That Surrogate Parents May Pose to Children’s Well-Being

Source Daily Signal

A “permanent link” between biological parents and their children matters, medical ethicist Melissa Moschella says, calling it something “so deep that we can’t forget about the importance for children.” (Photo: PBNJ Productions/Blend Images/Newscom)

Children’s needs should come before adult desires in marriage and other domestic partnerships, advocates of children’s rights argue.

For starters, it’s good for a child to know who his mother and father are, college professor Melissa Moschella said at a recent event focused on surrogate pregnancies held at The Heritage Foundation’s headquarters on Capitol Hill.

“Knowing our biological origins helps to make sense of who we are. And those who don’t know their biological origins, or don’t have a relationship with those who kind of connect them to their biological origins, are lacking in something important,” Moschella said.

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Surrogacy

UK – ‘I don’t even know his name’: Surrogate mom, who REFUSED to abort baby after biological parents ordered her to end pregnancy over birth defect, reveals how they then seized him when she successfully carried him to full term

Source Daily Mail

A surrogate who refused to abort a baby suffering a heart defect after his biological parents ordered her to do so has spoken out about the emotional rollercoaster she has been on, one year after she gave birth to the child.

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IVF costs, UK

UK – Two-thirds of fertility patients feel ripped off by IVF clinics

Source Bio News

Sixty-two percent of private IVF patients paid ‘more than they expected’ for treatment, according to the first national patient survey by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The UK fertility regulator released annual statistics showing that 60 percent of IVF cycles are now privately funded and that 74 percent of patients over the past two years paid for one or more ‘add-on’ treatments, up from 66 percent in the previous two years.

‘Patients often feel pressure to opt for add-ons and many are understandably keen to explore every option to improve their chances of having a baby, but such treatments should only be offered where there is proof they work’ said the HFEA’s Chair, Sally Cheshire.

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Gay Parenting, Singapore, Surrogacy

Singapore – High Court grants gay man’s bid to adopt biological sin via surrogacy

Source Today Singapore

SINGAPORE — A gay Singaporean doctor will be allowed to adopt his five-year-old biological son born in the United States through a surrogate mother.

In a landmark decision on Monday (Dec 17), the High Court overturned an earlier ruling that rejected the man’s bid.

Delivering the three-judge panel’s decision, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said that granting the adoption order in this case would “violate the public policy against the formation of same-sex family units”, but this concern is not powerful enough to ignore the need to promote the welfare of the child and regard it as paramount.

This is the first adoption application here by someone who has openly declared himself to be homosexual and living with his same-sex partner.

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IVF, UK

UK – You shouldn’t have to move to Scotland to get the IVF you need to have a baby

Source Metro UK

Mark* has known since he was a teenager that becoming a father would not be straightforward.

At 16, he was diagnosed with leukaemia and treatment for this left him infertile. Luckily though, he was able to store sperm before he began his cancer treatment – giving him the hope of fatherhood in the future. However, despite his clinical need, Mark is being denied access to NHS fertility treatment because the body that plans and controls health care services where he lives – West Sussex – sets its own arbitrary criteria for who can and can’t access it.

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Australia, Surrogacy, Ukraine

Inside Ukraine’s surrogacy industry where Australians are travelling to have a family

Source ABC.net.au

Sorry, Nash is cranky right now,” apologises Bec Kalpakoff, from Perth, while she calmly tends to a fussy infant in a busy café.

She is not flustered by being a first-time mother, but ordering a coffee is proving a frustration — Bec cannot speak the language in the city where her son was born.

She called the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv home for five months after a surrogate mother gave birth to her twins, Nash and Indi.

Bec is one of thousands of hopeful parents using Ukraine’s liberal surrogacy laws each year.

Conceiving a child through surrogacy in Ukraine with a donor egg costs between 30,000 to 40,000 euros, not including travel or legal costs.

Business is booming after other countries — including Thailand, Nepal and India — have cracked down on foreigners using local services.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – I’m trying for sweet 16! Surrogate mother, 52, vows baby number 15 will not be her last 

Source Daily Mail

Carole Horlock had said baby number 15 would be her last.

But at 52, Britain’s most prolific surrogate mother is hoping to have her 16th.

She is currently looking for couples or single mothers and aims to become pregnant early in the new year.

If successful, Miss Horlock will give birth just before her 53rd birthday – making her the world’s oldest commercial surrogate.

She said: ‘I’m determined to get pregnant one last time with a surrogate baby and I’m actively searching for a couple or single mother to help.

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Surrogacy

Why we need to reform the archaic law of surrogacy

Source Legal Cheek


It has remained fundamentally unaltered for over 30 years.

Former head of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, has called for the amendment to the current law regarding surrogacy payments. He asserts that “society is moving on and the challenge for lawmakers is what steps, if any, we take to accommodate those changes into our legal framework”. Under UK law, women are banned from advertising themselves as surrogates or receiving payment other than to cover ‘reasonable expenses’. However, Munby argues that the reality is a market does exist in the UK as payments are “dressed up as expenses”.

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IVF, Side Effects, UK

UK – One woman a week suffers a deadly IVF side effect: Ovary stimulation syndrome hits a seven-year high as hopeful mothers battle kidney failure, blood clots and breathing problems

Source Daily Mail

Severe illness caused by powerful IVF drugs has hit a seven-year high, with almost 800 women rushed to hospital in the last five years.

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, or OHSS, causes women’s ovaries to expand dangerously and in severe cases can leave victims fighting to breathe with blood clots in their lungs. 

A new report from a fertility regulator reveals 52 women were diagnosed with severe or critical OHSS in 2017-18.
The statistics raise concern that fertility clinics are giving women high doses of drugs to boost their ovaries so they produce more than the normal one egg a month.

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India, Surrogacy Benefits

India – BMC leave for mom-through-surrogacy

Source DNA India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in a pioneering move, has decided to grant special maternity leave to an employee who became a mother via surrogacy.

In line with the state government’s circular from the General Administration Department dated November 9, 2016, it is binding on the civic body to grant special leave of 180 days for woman employees to take care of their children born from surrogacy. The decision was implemented from January 2016.

Though the employee was eligible for leave, her application was rejected because she didn’t apply in advance, which is mandatory for special leave. She applied again on 7th March 2018 and the civic administration requested BMC’s General Assembly to sanction the leave on humanitarian grounds.

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Surrogacy, UK

Legal system may lead many UK parents abroad to find a surrogate

Source Eurek Alert

As more and more parents travel overseas to find a surrogate, a new study published in Human Fertility is the first to compare the experiences of those who carry out surrogacy in the UK with those who go abroad. The research highlights important problems faced by parents, which could influence UK surrogacy law.
A new study is the first to compare the experiences of people who have carried out surrogacy in the UK with those who go overseas, for example, to countries such as USA, India and Georgia. The research, led by Dr Vasanti Jadva at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, in collaboration with NGA Law and Brilliant Beginnings, surveyed over 200 people who had either already had a child through a surrogate, were in the process, or were planning a surrogacy arrangement.

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sister surrogate mother, UK

UK – SISTER SURROGATE  Woman acting as a surrogate for her sister reveals her children ‘hate’ her for carrying a baby ‘because it’s not their sibling’

Source The Sun

A WOMAN acting as a surrogate for her sister has claimed her three children “hate” her for carrying a baby that’s not their sibling.

Writing in the Parenting forum on Reddit, the user Kelsey_Hyl revealed how her sister suffered a prolapsed uterus after the birth of her first child.

Describing her sister’s heartbreak, the user wrote: “She had to have prolapse surgery to remove her womb [after childbirth] which meant she couldn’t have any more children.”

The mum-of-three described how her sister was left “devastated” by the news and fell into a depression afterwards.

A year after her sister’s surgery, the woman offered to carry a baby for her and added that her sibling was “thrilled with the idea and fully on board with it”.

Now carrying her sister’s second child, the woman admitted that her husband wasn’t so keen on the idea at first but said “if it’s what [she] wanted to do then so be it”.

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Surrogacy

Surrogacy Extremes: This Country Arrests Surrogates While Contemplating Legalization

Source Above The Law

The world faces an ongoing struggle on the question of how to think about and regulate surrogacy — the act of a woman carrying to birth a child for another. Some countries, such as Germany, have strict bans on surrogacy, and even threaten prison time for those arranging or undertaking surrogacy. On the other hand, there’s California, as well as a number of American states, which provide a welcoming environment with statutory protections for all parties involved. But no country better demonstrates the policy controversies and extreme confusion on surrogacy more than the country of Cambodia.
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Canada, Surrogacy

Canada – A baby boy, his mom — and the woman who carried him

Source CBC.ca

When Grayson van Vliet entered the world last week, he had the beginnings of a full head of hair, two tiny hands to press against his face, and a big sister.

Plus a hat, because babies get those right away.

He also has both his mother and the woman who’s been pregnant with him for the last nine months.

Grayson’s mother Kimberly is unable to carry a child because of breast cancer treatments which — even though she’s been declared cancer-free — will continue for another seven years.

The 37-year-old said she and her husband Derek considered a lot of options, including limiting themselves to only one child.

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Canada, Surrogacy

Surrogate mothers: ‘I gave birth but it’s not my baby’

Source BBC.com

Canada has become a hot destination for parents-to-be looking for “altruistic surrogates” – women who give birth to babies they are not genetically related to and only charge pregnancy-related expenses in return.

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Surrogacy, UK

UK – Surrogacy isn’t about money. But the law must change to benefit women

Source The Guardian

One of the UK’s most senior family judges, James Munby, has called for the UK to relax the rules against paying surrogates. His comments are spot-on: the law needs to catch up with the realities of modern surrogacy.

For decades it has been customary in the UK for surrogates to be paid between £12,000 and £20,000. Having handled hundreds of UK surrogacy cases (not just complex and international surrogacy cases, but also routine, everyday UK cases), I have seen only a small minority where there has been no element of benefit or compensation. The family court now routinely authorises payments to surrogates of more than their expenses, both explicitly in the high court and implicitly in the magistrates’ court, where sums are accepted at face value. The case law makes clear that payments will always be authorised after the event where this is in the child’s best interests. There has never been a case where an order transferring parenthood has been refused.

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