Ireland, Surrogacy

Ireland – ‘DELIGHTED’  Westmeath mum-of-four’s joy over becoming surrogate for friends who stru

Source The Sun Ireland

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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Ireland – Local election candidate tells of becoming surrogate for her friends

Source Irish Times

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.

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This 61-Year-Old Woman Just Gave Birth To Her Own Granddaughter

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?

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Canada, Surrogacy, UK

This English same-sex couple fathered twins who are half-siblings — and a Canadian surrogate helped them Social Sharing

Source CBC

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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Why I Chose to Become a Surrogate

Source Gay City News

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.

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Australia – WA’s discriminatory surrogacy laws should be reformed, review finds

Source QNews

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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Surrogacy: ‘I gave birth to my daughter’s baby

Source Wilcox Guardian

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.

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Authors Don’t Understand How Surrogacy Works

Source Law.com

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.

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Australia – Renewed push to ban surrogacy

Source The Australian

A woman decides to have a baby for somebody else, perhaps because she needs the money or perhaps in an act of altruism.

Either way, it’s her choice, isn’t it? If we’ve learned anything since the mid-1970s, it’s that a woman can do what she wants with her body. It’s a central tenet of feminism: her womb, her decision.

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Bill would end ban on compensated surrogacy in New York

Source 13 Wham

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — There’s a new push to repeal a New York state law making it illegal to compensate a woman for carrying a child for another person.

New York is now one of a handful of states that ban surrogacy agreements, meaning prospective parents cannot hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child.

Legislation to permit and regulate surrogacy agreements has failed to get a final vote in Albany for years but supporters are optimistic about its chances now that Democrats control both legislative chambers.

Advocates gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to highlight the effort.
The bills’ Senate sponsor, Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman, now has two daughters who were born to surrogates. Hoylman said New York’s law forced him and his husband to travel out of state to find a surrogate.

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Same-sex couple in Virginia paves the way for surrogacy

Source WUSA9

MCLEAN, Va. — A same-sex McLean couple who had to fight for the right to raise their youngest child, helped push through new legislation that will streamline the surrogacy process. Their goal is to help other families in Virginia.

Three-year-old Jacob is Jay Timmons’ and Rick Olson’s third child. All three of their children were born through surrogates. Their older two daughters are both biologically related to one of the dads (the kids call Rick “Daddy-O”).

The couple, who married in 2008, did not plan for more children after they had the girls. Then a female friend who also used a surrogate offered her embryos because she and her spouse were not planning to have more children, but did not want the embryos destroyed.

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Virginia sends bill expanding surrogacy, erasing ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from some laws to gov’s desk

Source Life Site News

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill dramatically expanding surrogacy and erasing the words “father,” “mother,” “husband,” and “wife” from certain laws has passed both chambers of the Virginia legislature and now awaits the governor’s signature.

The bill, HB 1979, expands the availability of surrogacy and defines parenthood based on “intent” rather than biology. The Virginia House of Delegates approved HB 1979 on February 5; the state Senate passed a version 28 to 12 on February 18, and then the House approved the Senate version on February 20.

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Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Source Four States

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother.
The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks because U.S. law does not require a child to show a biological relationship with their parents if their parents were married at the time of their birth, District Judge John F. Walter found.

A lawsuit filed by the boys’ parents, Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks, sought the same rights for Ethan that his brother, Aiden, has as a citizen.

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‘Miracle’ Babies Born Just Weeks Apart After Mom and Her Surrogate Become Pregnant at Same Time

Source People

Andrea Valentine, of Cypress, Texas, was caught off guard when her neighbor, Tawnee Gonzalez, offered to be her surrogate after she and her husband had experienced fertility struggles.

Valentine, 39, and her husband, James Valentine, 42, had been trying for four years to have children with Valentine suffering two miscarriages. Over the years, Valentine had shared her family’s struggles with her neighbor-turned-friend Gonzales.

“As I got to know Andrea  and their struggle I wanted to help. I said, ‘If it comes down to it and you need a surrogate, I’d be willing to do it for you,’ ” Gonzalez, 35, recalls to PEOPLE. “There’s really no greater gift you can give someone than the gift of being a parent. That’s something they had wanted their entire lives.”

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Spain to reject registration of babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine

Source Euronews

The Spanish embassy in Ukraine announced on Tuesday that the Spanish government had decided to begin rejecting registrations for babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine.

In the statement posted on Facebook, the embassy said that while a number of existing cases would be individually considered, “no new registration records of children born through the surrogate pregnancy technique can be authorised.”

This is not the first instance of Spanish authorities cracking down on international surrogacy.

Back in August of last year, dozens of Spanish families who had children via surrogate mothers in Ukraine were blocked from returning home for up to 10 weeks, with the Spanish government citing concerns of medical malpractice and human trafficking.

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The Right Way to Legalize Surrogacy in New York

Source Gotham Gazette

New York State is on the brink of replacing an outdated and prohibitive law that criminalizes the practice of compensated surrogacy, one of only two states that does so. Legislation to reverse the law has been introduced in both houses of the state Legislature, and Governor Cuomo has demonstrated support for it by including it in his Executive Budget.

As a law professor who focuses on gender equity, I’ve taken great interest in issues related to surrogacy in the United States and abroad. I’ve closely reviewed laws in multiple states as well as internationally, and I support New York’s legalization of surrogacy.

When a woman chooses to support a couple or individual by serving as a gestational surrogate (where she is not genetically connected to the child because she did not contribute her egg), I believe she must have the autonomy to do so – provided she is protected by the law to ensure that any power imbalance between her, on the one hand, and the intended parents, surrogacy agencies and doctors, on the other hand, is mitigated

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After The Surrogate Gives Birth: 20 Things That Happen When Mom Finally Steps In

Source Baby Gaga

More and more women are turning to surrogates these days. According to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, births via surrogates have doubled over the last thirteen years. Most American surrogates earn between twenty-five and thirty-five thousand bucks for their services. Surrogates in developing nations may receive much less.

So, why are women who want to be moms more interested in surrogacy these days? There are a few key reasons. Women are having babies later in life these days. Some women take the time to establish themselves at work before they decide to become parents. When they wait, they may run into fertility issues which lead them to seek out services from surrogates. Women who’ve had very rough pregnancies, or just don’t want to carry babies for any other reason, may also make the choice to hire surrogates. Another scenario is that couples of the same gender may want to have children, and then choose surrogates to achieve their goals.

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