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The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking review of its order which had rejected a petition seeking various civil rights such as same-sex marriage, adoption and surrogacy for the LGBTQ community.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, in an in-chamber decision on July 11, dismissed the review plea filed by Tushar Nayyar which had sought grant of civil rights to the members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer) community.
As the nation debated the implications of diluting Article 370, Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill. Though the Supreme Court declared surrogacy to be legal in 2002, it has remained unregulated. The practice picked up in the 1990s when foreigners started coming to India.
According to Gargi Mishra, a gender rights lawyer with Sama Resource Group for Women and Health,
Babies, Bodies and Borders: The Risks and Rise of Surrogacy
Despite its challenges, surrogacy is becoming a readily available form of family formation for many who have endured considerable heartache and difficulty in conceiving naturally. Surrogacy has an important role to play within our modern society particularly bearing in mind the overwhelming tide-change in social attitudes, the importance of assisted reproduction, such as IVF, and the introduction of same sex marriage which was legalised back in 2014.
A German politician is pushing for a thorough-going revision of family law to allow altruistic surrogacy. Katrin Helling Plahr, of the Free Democrats (FDP), has released a seven-page position paper on liberalizing fertility treatment.
The current law in Germany, the Embryo Protection Act, was passed in 1990, when social mores were different. It bans all surrogacy.
FDP members of the European Parliament propose three main amendments to the law. They want full support for fertility treatments, regardless of the family model the applicants are in. They want to update artificial reproduction by permitting egg donation, embryo donation and non-commercial surrogacy.
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The owner of an Annapolis-based surrogacy company has been arrested by the FBI in Florida, and charged with federal wire fraud in an attempt to defraud and deceive his clients, according to the Department of Justice.
If convicted, 37-year-old Greg Blosser of Tampa, Florida, owner of The Surrogacy Group LLC, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a DOJ news release said.
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Women who use donor eggs to conceive are less responsive to their babies, according to research.
Scientists from Cambridge University reported “subtle yet meaningful” differences between mothers whose children came from donor eggs and mothers whose IVF babies came from their own eggs. The mothers made slightly less eye contact with their babies and responded less to their games, researchers said, although all the parents in the study had a strong and loving bond with the children. Susan Imrie from the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge, who co-authored the research, said: “We do know from other research that genetic relationships hold different significance to different people.”
In 2016 about 1,400 babies born in Britain were from donor eggs. The number has tripled since 1996.
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An Asian-American couple who enlisted a pricey fertility clinic to help them have children is taking legal action, after the woman ultimately gave birth to twins that were not genetically related to her or her husband.
After struggling for years to conceive, the husband and wife –identified in court papers only as Y.Z. and A.P.– sought the services of Los Angeles-based CHA Fertility Center, which bills itself as a “mecca of reproductive medicine,”according to the New York Post.
Five years ago, Melissa Turner, of Quincy, Massachusetts, went above and beyond the bond of sisterhood when she decided to help her identical twin, Jen, of Plymouth, fulfill her dream of being a mother.
After getting married, Jen and her husband wanted to start a family right away. But after a miscarriage and a barrage of health problems, it was Melissa, who goes by Mel, who proposed the idea of surrogacy. In May 2014, Mel became pregnant after artificially inseminating her own egg. In a surprising twist, the sisters learned Mel was pregnant with twins.
When it comes to having a child, the logistics can get a bit complicated for gay couples — especially for gay men. A gestational carrier is needed, for one, assuming they’re not adopting. And while plenty of couples end up going with a surrogate they didn’t know prior to the pregnancy, the intended parents can be much more involved if a family member or friend is up for the job. However, it’s pretty rare for that person to be the mother of one half of the couple. As it turns out, a woman just gave birth to her own granddaughter — and the photos are honestly amazing.
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A British woman gave birth to her own grand-daughter at the age of 55, after acting as a surrogate for her daughter who was born without a womb.
Emma Miles is legally the mother of her own granddaughter Evie, who was conceived by IVF.
Her daughter, Tracey Smith, 31, had known since the age of 15 that if she wanted her own child, she would need a surrogate. She had no womb, but still had ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Over the years, her mother had mentioned the possibility that she could act as a surrogate, but it wasn’t until Smith got married in 2016 that it became a serious prospect.
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A WESTMEATH mother-of-four has spoken of her joy in becoming a surrogate for close friends who struggled to conceived.
Becky Dore Loftus said while the surrogacy wasn’t on her bucket list, after talking to friends and considering it she couldn’t see a reason not to do it.
The Midlands mum from Killucan said she struggled with secondary infertility for six years before her second pregnancy after having her eldest child but following IVF, she went on to have twins and a fourth “surprise” child.
She said while she thought she was “definitely finished” after her fourth child was born, she changed her mind while talking with friends who were struggling to get pregnant.
She told Midlands 103: “We were away on a weekend with very very good friends of ours that we’ve known for over 20 years and we were aware that they couldn’t have children.
“We were speaking about our IVF with the couple and I thought, I’m not over the hill. I said I think I would consider [surrogacy], let’s all go away and have a think about it.”
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A Fine Gael local election candidate has spoken of how she decided to become a surrogate for her friends.
Becky Loftus Dore from Killucan, Co Westmeath, is a mother of four children, including twins conceived through IVF, and is 35 weeks pregnant with a boy.
The 42-year-old, who is standing in the Kinnegad electoral area in the local elections on May 24th, said the idea of becoming a surrogate was arrived at after talking to close friends about the difficulties they were encountering in having a child.
She sought advice through Facebook groups from women in the UK who had also been surrogates, and asked others who had gone through the experience what it was like to hand over a baby.
Source BuzzFeed NewsWhen Matthew Eledge and his husband, Elliot Dougherty, told Matthew’s mother, Cecile, that they were planning to start their family, Cecile thought fondly of her own parental journey. She’d loved being pregnant decades earlier with her three now-grown children.
“If you want me to be the gestational carrier,” she told Matthew, “I’d do it in a heartbeat.”
Matthew, 32, and Elliot, 29, appreciated the gesture, but, they thought, let’s be real — it’s not like that would ever happen. A postmenopausal 61-year-old couldn’t possibly be equipped to carry and give birth to a baby. Right?
With two kids under two, the Berney-Edwards household in southeast England is a busy one. There are toddlers running all over the place. One pokes his dad in the eye and laughs before accidentally hitting his sister with a toy vacuum cleaner, causing her to wail. It can be a bit chaotic.
But Graeme and Simon Berney-Edwards wouldn’t have it any other way. As gay men, there was a time when they thought they could never have any of that.
Now, however, they have their twins, the result of an arrangement involving a Canadian surrogate and Canadian surrogacy laws they feel are more progressive than those on the books in the United Kingdom.
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For me, it was an easy decision.
Nearly 15 years ago, after my husband and I decided that we’d stop having children after our second was born, I still felt this nagging desire to bring more children into this world. I loved being pregnant and both of my pregnancies were easy and textbook. But since I thought the only way to be pregnant again was to have another child of my own, I tried to push it aside and move on, because at the time two children was the perfect fit for us.
But that desire to be pregnant again carried with me, and a chance meeting with a surrogate sparked that desire back into a hopeful existence.
Western Australia’s “outdated” surrogacy and reproductive technology laws discriminate against gay couples and should be changed, a review of the legislation has recommended.
In January last year, the state government announced an independent review of WA’s assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy legislation. The review’s report by Deakin University associate professor Sonia Allan was released last week and makes 122 recommendations.
Among them, the report found current legislation discriminated against people on the grounds of their sex and relationship status, contrary to Commonwealth law.
“Male same-sex couples can’t access assisted reproductive technology or surrogacy. There are also barriers for women who are facing impending fertility,” Dr Allan told ABC News.
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A 55-year-old woman has acted as a surrogate for her daughter and given birth to her child.
Tracey Smith has a condition which means she is unable to carry a baby.
So her mother Emma Miles, from Lampeter in Ceredigion, lost six stone (38 kg) to allow her to carry baby Evie.
She was born last month – and as a review takes place, Tracey has called for a change in the law to make it easier for her to be legally named as her daughter‘s mother.
There are no forced abortions or rejections of imperfect babies, nor do carriers suppress desires to keep babies which are not theirs.
Phyllis Chesler and Susan L. Bender are genuinely concerned with the well-being of women and all people and I respect that.
Unfortunately, they have no idea how surrogacy really works. They consider it only in the abstract, unaware that some of the restraints they lobby for already exist.
Why do Chesler and Bender assume a gestational carrier is weak and powerless? She is no mere vessel. First and foremost, carriers do not give up the right to termination. If these authors ever read a surrogacy contract, they would be familiar with this.