Social Surrogacy: Should It Be An Option?

Social Surrogacy: Should It Be An Option?

social surrogacy

Over the past week, there has been a lot of controversy regarding a semi-new trend in the world of assisted reproduction labeled ‘social surrogacy.’

Just last Friday, April 18th, Good Morning America hosted a segment about the practice.

What is social surrogacy? According to an article on ABC News, it’s when an “agency matches surrogates with women who have nonmedical reasons for not wanting to…

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Misconception: Italian Clinic Transfers Wrong Embryos and Patient Preganant With Another Couple’s Twins

Misconception: Italian Clinic Transfers Wrong Embryos and Patient Preganant With Another Couple’s Twins

Fortunately this kind of malpractice is exceedingly rare. While some will use this to further an anti-IVF and assisted reproduction agenda, it is critically important to keep the numbers in perspective. When you can count on less than two hands the total number of times this kind of mishap has occurred around the world since the advent of IVF, you realize just how safe this process can be. While…

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Is India A Viable Option For Japanese Intended Parents Pursuing Surrogacy?

Is India A Viable Option For Japanese Intended Parents Pursuing Surrogacy?

If you are a Japanese Intended Parent considering surrogacy in India, I would strongly encourage you to speak to an immigration attorney in Japan before proceeding with any agency in India. While I cannot personally verify this Japanese woman’s account of her experience in trying to secure a visa, it is nevertheless is worrisome enough that I thought it worthwhile to share:

I am writing you for…

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Co-Parenting 101: How to Co-Parent with Friends, Donors

Co-Parenting 101: How to Co-Parent with Friends, Donors

Our own Dean Masserman speaks at the recent Fertility Planit conference on co-parenting.

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Italian Court Strikes Down Ban On Egg & Sperm Donation

Italian Court Strikes Down Ban On Egg & Sperm Donation

Good news out of Rome:

Italy’s constitutional court has struck down a ban on egg or sperm donation for infertile couples.

Wednesday’s ruling was a victory for couples challenging the ban on medically-assisted egg or sperm donation that is part of a 2004 law regulating procreation.

Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin, saying the law had effectively been “gutted,” called on Parliament to revise the…

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Judge highlights importance of the law keeping pace with the different way families are formed in a custody battle involving a genetic and birth mother

Judge highlights importance of the law keeping pace with the different way families are formed in a custody battle involving a genetic and birth mother

The Court of Appeal in London.

The Court of Appeal in London.

The Court of Appeal in London handed down a ruling last week emphasising the importance of family law keeping up to speed with contemporary family life. Lady Jusice Black observed that “Families are formed in different ways these days and the law must attempt to keep up and to respond to developments”.

The case concerned a same sex female couple. The appellant…

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Update On Planet Hospital

Update On Planet Hospital

Rudy Rupak, CEO and founder of Planet Hospital

Here is an update on Planet Hospital, a medical tourism facility operating out of Southern California, which was recently forced into involuntary bankruptcy, leaving many clients in the lurch:

Planet Hospital, a popular medical tourism company that up until recently provided international surrogacy services, is facing a case of involuntary Chapter 7…

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Louisiana House Backs Bill Creating Rules for Surrogacy

Louisiana House Backs Bill Creating Rules for Surrogacy

louisianaA proposal to create a legal framework for surrogacy was approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill decides who can be a surrogate, what legal rights the parents, the surrogate, and the child have, and who can utilize a surrogate.

If the bill passes, only heterosexual married couples will be able to use a surrogate. The bill also includes an age limit for surrogacy; surrogates…

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal in England and Wales

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in England and Wales

Peter Tatchell (left) was chief witness at Peter McGraith and David Cabreza's wedding in London

Peter Tatchell (left) was chief witness at Peter McGraith and David Cabreza’s wedding in London

As midnight struck in England and Wales last night same-sex marriage became legal. The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 came into force in July last year but it was not until 13 March this year when couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time.

On 13…

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Australian Judge Warns of Psychological Effects of Surrogacy

Australian Judge Warns of Psychological Effects of Surrogacy

sillyjudgeAn Australian judge recently voiced his concerns about the future psychological effects of commercial surrogacy on children.

… Justice Paul Cronin of the Family Court of Australia warned that children could very easily encounter an identity crisis when they become aware that they were conceived via commercial surrogacy.

Unfortunately, it seems that Judge Cronin does not have a degree in…

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Fairview Township Woman Charged With Surrogacy Contract Fraud

Fairview Township Woman Charged With Surrogacy Contract Fraud

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/fairview_township_woman_charge.html

Christina Lee Jensen, charged with forgery, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and unlawful use of a computer.

Justice was finally served this month as Christina Lee Jensen, 36, was taken into custody and charged with defrauding a couple from Maryland.

The victims alerted law enforcement in August…

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Massachusetts Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex

Massachusetts Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex

frustrationI wish this were a joke, but sadly, it is not. Read on for a laugh:

There’s nothing that sets the mood for a romantic evening like petitioning a judge for permission to have sex at the end of the night.

If Massachusetts State Sen. Richard J. Ross (R) gets his way, that’s exactly what many women (and men) would have to do if they have children and are going through a divorce. In fact, not only…

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EU Court Rules Mothers Using Surrogacy Not Entitled To Maternity Leave

EU Court Rules Mothers Using Surrogacy Not Entitled To Maternity Leave

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In a bizarre move, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that intended mothers who use a surrogate are not entitled to maternity leave. While there are promises of changes to this ruling in the near future, it is still baffling and frustrating to many families who struggle with infertility.

Currently, there is no ruling stating that intended parents who adopt a child are not entitled to…

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Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis

Israel’s Sperm Clinic Crisis

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Israel’s Rambam Medical Center has a big problem: its sperm bank supply is dwindling. Israel has fifteen sperm banks, all of which may close in the near future if something is not done to counter this dilemma.

There are many reasons why the medical center is facing low levels of sperm. Many Israeli young men are frightened away by the possibility that their donation may not always remain…

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£1,000 IVF Arrives In The UK

£1,000 IVF Arrives In The UK

Take the following article posted by The Daily Mail with a grain of salt, but it’s intriguing nonetheless…

In a few weeks it will be Mother’s Day; a wonderful occasion to celebrate the women who do so much for us and the joy it is to have a child.

At this time of year, my mind also goes to the many lovely and amazing women I know who are currently working very hard to become a Mother themselves.

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