Scotland, Surrogacy, UK

Scotland – Coronavirus lockdown could keep St Andrews mum from baby’s birth

Olivia Rowlands came through cancer treatment but as a result she went into the menopause

Source BBC News

A St Andrews mother-to-be could be prevented from being at the birth of her first child.

Olivia Rowlands and her husband Sam are expecting a baby girl in July.

The baby is being carried by her cousin, Ellie Hutchinson, after treatment for bowel cancer left Olivia unable to go through pregnancy.

But lockdown means many of the precious moments of the pregnancy have been experienced by video and the new parents may not be at the birth.

Olivia, 31, a primary school teacher, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017, when she was 29 years old.

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Surrogacy

Coronavirus upends years of planning for international adoptions and surrogacy births


Source The Washington Post

Andrea Hoffmann’s mad dash to America began shortly after 2 a.m. on March 12 in Munich, when her husband roused her from sleep and said, “We have to get on a plane now.”

The Hoffmanns both wanted to be in Maryland for the birth of their son to a surrogate who was due in late May. But Christian Hoffmann realized their plans had to be changed after watching President Trump on television as he announced travel restrictions on Europeans to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

When Christian left Andrea at the Munich airport at 6 a.m., they expected he would join her in a few weeks.

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LGBT+ parents with surrogate children are being split apart during coronavirus

Source GSN

Many LGBT+ parents have to seek fertility treatment or surrogacy abroad. And COVID-19 is leaving some stranded or unable to attend their child’s birth.

In one particular case, a gay nurse fighting COVID-19 in France is worried he won’t be able to be at his child’s birth. He and his husband are expecting a little daughter in Oregon in May. But travel between France and the US is no longer possible.

The Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations (NELFA) has shared some of the stories today.

The organization admits that the coronavirus is affecting everyone. However, it warns some rainbow families are facing additional problems’.

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Ireland, Surrogacy

Gay Irish couple think new surrogacy show on Virgin Media Ireland could help older generations understand process

Source Irish Mirror

A couple who had two kids through surrogacy think a TV show could help older generations understand the process in a more positive light.

Dubliners Brendan and Gavin recently became dads for a second time, welcoming their little girl Lily with the help of the same woman who gave birth to son Theo two years ago.

Documenting their journey to fatherhood in the new Virgin Media Ireland series, Brendan said he is thankful to now live in country that is more accepting of alternative routes to parenthood.

He told the Irish Daily Mirror: “What I think this show is great for is our older generation

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Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law

What You Should Know About Surrogacy Laws Before You Start The Journey?

Source Techkrest

Surrogacy is an exciting journey for both intended parents and surrogates. After going through a stringent screening process and other medical formalities, when the intended parents finally find the ideal surrogate, their level of happiness is beyond imaginable. After finding the surrogate, all they can think of is embryo transfer and pregnancy. But here’s when they should take a pause and consider the legal formalities related to surrogacy. 

If you are reading this right now, you’re probably in pursuit of surrogacy and want to find out about surrogacy laws in the US, international surrogacy laws, and whether you live in a surrogacy friendly state or not. 

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Coronavirus Tales: We had to put our surrogacy plans on hold

Source NY Post

Natali Perilo, a 39-year-old behavior analyst in Brooklyn, and her husband, Josh, have been struggling to have a baby for 11 years. They finally lined up a surrogate — but those plans are now up in the air.

My husband and I were going to transfer our embryo in April. But now everything is on hold.

We’ve been trying to have a baby for 11 years. Josh and I got married when I was 28 and he was 32 and we wanted to start a family quickly. We tried for two years, then we went to a fertility clinic.

At 36, I started doing IVF. It really took a toll. I had a few chemical pregnancies [miscarriage before five weeks] and then a seven-week miscarriage. That was the turning point, when things felt really dark

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Democrats’ generational divide on gestational surrogacy

Source City and State NY

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa has been the go-to person for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a number of issues, including a proposal in his budget this year that would legalize paid gestational surrogacy.

The proposal has divided progressive lawmakers. Some say that it is a matter of basic fairness and civil rights for couples who could otherwise not have children. But some older lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly say they are worried that legalizing gestational surrogacy, which is legal in nearly every other state, would result in the exploitation of low-income women. These opponents blocked the bill from passing last year. 

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Commentary: Surrogacy bill would make New York a national leader

Source Times Union

I am a survivor of a uterine rupture that killed my son, Christopher. I had always dreamed of having a baby of my own, but because of the rupture, I am unable to carry.

Today, I am blessed to be a mother to 18-month-old Carolina. As a New Yorker, the journey to motherhood through gestational surrogacy was a long, heartbreaking and unnecessarily complicated one. New York is one of only three states to outright ban and criminalize the act of a woman carrying an embryo with which she has no genetic relationship.

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India, Surrogacy

India to bring new Surrogacy Bill allowing widows and divorced women to be a surrogate mothers

Source PGURUS

India has come up with a new Surrogacy Bill which allows any “willing” woman to be a surrogate mother and proposes that widows and divorced women can also benefit from its provisions, besides infertile Indian couples. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Feb 26 approved the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2020 approving all suggestions of the Parliament’s Selection Committee.

The bill incorporates all recommendations made by a Rajya Sabha selection committee, which studied an earlier version of the draft legislation, and is aimed at banning commercial surrogacy and allowing altruistic surrogacy, said Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani briefing media about the new details of the bill.

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Canada, Surrogacy

Why a lack of oversight of surrogacy in Canada leaves some parents feeling taken advantage of

Source CBC

Cuddling a child of her own was something cancer survivor Anna Camille Tucci feared might never be possible.

In 2017, the Toronto woman had a full hysterectomy as part of treatment for ovarian cancer — but not before doctors harvested her eggs and created embryos with her husband’s sperm.

“Since I can remember, I wanted kids….That’s just something that was in my heart since I was tiny,” she said. “Even the thought of not being able to carry [a baby] — that was really difficult.”

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Gay Parenting, Israel, Surrogacy

Israel to allow surrogacy for gay couples and single men

Source BioEdge

Israel’s high court has struck down a law which excludes single men and gay couples from using surrogate mothers to have their children. The Knesset has a year to pass a new law.

The High Court of Justice ruled unanimously that Israel’s surrogacy laws “disproportionately violate the right to equality and the right to parenthood of these groups and are illegal.” Supreme Court President Esther Hayut  wrote with two other jusitics, “The sweeping exclusion of homosexual men from the use of surrogacy is viewed as ‘suspicious’ discrimination, suggesting that this part of the population is inferior.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Plans To Introduce Legislation To Legalize Gestational Surrogacy

Source CBS

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he will again introduce legislation in 2020 to legalize gestational surrogacy in New York.

It’s one of only three states where it’s still not legal.

An apartment full of kids laughing and screaming is what Michael and Melissa Musman dreamed of when they got married. Melissa Musman says her fertility was compromised after she received radiation for tumors in her pelvis and abdomen.

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NY governor says he’ll try again to legalize paid surrogacy; plan opposed by bishops

Source Crux Now

(Credit: Pixabay.)

ALBANY, New York – Prospective parents in New York could enter into paid surrogacy contracts under a proposal that the governor says he’ll try to pass again in 2020.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he will submit legislation to legalize gestational surrogacy as part of his 2020 State of the State agenda. Gestational surrogacy allows people to conceive a child who would be carried by a surrogate. New York is one of a few states that explicitly bans paid surrogacy contracts.
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Ireland, Surrogacy

Belfast event hears update on English surrogacy law reforms

Source Irish Legal News

Over 40 members of the legal profession and community/voluntary representatives were welcomed to Law Society House for an event on surrogacy law reforms.

The Law Commission of England and Wales is currently considering the legal parentage of children born via surrogacy, the regulation of surrogacy more widely, and the international context of surrogacy.

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Brazilian woman acts as surrogate for gay son; becomes both mother and grandmother of twins

Source NY Daily News

A Brazilian mother has given birth to a healthy set of twins, who are both her children and grandchildren.

After a traumatic pregnancy four years ago — her daughter was born prematurely at seven months and passed away a week later — the 45-year-old teacher Valdira das Neves started to explore other ways that she could get pregnant.

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Surrogacy

Becoming A Surrogate Is An Involved Process, & Here’s What Experts Want You To Know

Source Bustle

Photo credit: Syda Productions/ Shutterstock

When we hear the word “surrogate,” we tend to equate it with the rich and famous. Kim Kardashian, for example, used a surrogate to bring her third and forth children into the world. Because her first two pregnancies were less than easy, her doctors suggested she not conceive and try to carry a fetus to term again. For Kardashian, having a surrogate was the best way to do it.

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Gay Parenting, New Zealand, Surrogacy

New Zealand – Gay father fighting for fairer surrogacy laws backed by thousands as he presents petition to Parliament

Source I Stuff

A father calling for reform of the 64-year-old Adoption Act has presented his 30,000-signature petition to Parliament.

Auckland man Christian Newman handed his petition calling for a “total overhaul” of the “outdated” and “complicated” act to MPs Louisa Wall, Tamati Coffey and Paul Eagle on Tuesday afternoon. 

Newman and his husband Mark Edwards – known online as Love From Your Dads – battled for more than three years to conceive and then adopt their son, Frankie. 

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France, Surrogacy

France to recognize surrogacy abroad, report

Source ANSA Med

France is about to recognize the parentage of children born to a surrogate mother abroad, the so-called GPA (surrogacy for others), France Info reported on Tuesday.

The measure could come into effect ”over the coming weeks” thanks to a directive issued by the government, added France Info.(ANSAmed).

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Spain, Surrogacy

The shadowy rent-a-womb business thriving in Spain

Source Elpais

On the ground floor of a building in the Madrid commuter town of San Sebastián de los Reyes, there is an agency offering wombs for rent. The office has nothing to identify it as such, triggering bewilderment among those seeking their services.

A man with blue eyes and a striped shirt emerges and introduces himself as the company’s Spanish representative to a couple who made an appointment via WhatsApp after seeing the clinic advertised on Twitter. The ad had a photo of four pregnant women and a message that read: “Our surrogate mothers give birth to around 370 babies a year.”

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India, Surrogacy

India’s move to ban commercial surrogacy sends industry into panic

Source Strait Times

On Aug 5, the Lower House of Parliament passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill to ban commercial surrogacy, allowing only altruistic surrogacy and, even then, by only a blood relation.PHOTO: ST FILE

Ms Geeta Parmal built a house with the money she was paid for her first surrogate pregnancy, and the 31-year-old plans to pay off a house loan and move her own two children from a government school to a private one with the money she will be paid for the second surrogate child she is currently carrying.

However, Ms Parmal, who comes from a poor family in the western Indian state of Gujarat, is wondering what will happen to the second surrogate child she is carrying, with the government moving ahead to ban commercial surrogacy.

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