Swiss court recognises same sex couple as parents of child

Swiss court recognises same sex couple as parents of child

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In what is thought to be a first decision of its kind, a court in Switzerland has recognized a same sex couple as the legal parents of a child born to an American surrogate.

Surrogacy is illegal in Switzerland, however the ruling placed the welfare of the child as the court’s paramount concern.
The fathers sought that a Californian birth certificate which recorded them as the child’s parents…

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Officer In Ferguson Calls Captain Ron Johnson Strategy ‘Hug a Thug’; Wants to Punch Eric Holder

Officer In Ferguson Calls Captain Ron Johnson Strategy ‘Hug a Thug’; Wants to Punch Eric Holder

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Captain Ron Johnson and United States Attorney General Eric Holder

If we cannot entrust a police officer with a Twitter account, how do we justify arming them military weapons? It is no wonder the people in Furgeson have issues with

law enforcement

:

A St. Louis-area police officer who’s been working in Ferguson falsely accused a group of protestors of shooting at police, said Missouri highway…

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Law Enforcement Official: Officer Shot At A Fleeing Michael Brown

I am not sure why this nugget of information has not received more attention: As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away.

Law Enforcement Official: Officer Shot At A Fleeing Michael Brown

I am not sure why this nugget of information has not received more attention: As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away.

DNA Tests Link Japanese Man to 12 Thai Surrogate Babies

DNA Tests Link Japanese Man to 12 Thai Surrogate Babies

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Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen during a news conference in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

I wonder how many more babies

Mitsuoki Shigeta

has around the world:

Preliminary DNA test results confirm a match between a Japanese man and at least 12 babies he was suspected to have fathered with Thai surrogate…

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Surrogacy Trap: Is Mexico About To Become The Next Thailand?

Surrogacy Trap: Is Mexico About To Become The Next Thailand?

imageWe have been documenting over the past few weeks what has been transpiring in Thailand. From an Intended Parent seeking to have 1,000 children to Intended Parents abandoning their babywho was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Thailand’s military response to these outrageous incidents has been unconscionably excessive as instead of focusing on the bad actors, they instead are punishing the innocent…

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Italian Court Awards Custody of Twins To Birth Mom, Not Bio Parents After Embryo Mix-Up

Italian Court Awards Custody of Twins To Birth Mom, Not Bio Parents After Embryo Mix-Up

Hat tip to Sherry Levitan for bringing this to our attention:

An Italian judge has ordered that two children born following an embryo mix-up at a Rome fertility clinic should reside with the birth mother and not with the twins’ biological parents.

The birth mother found out about the mistake three months into the pregnancy, but refused to hand over the children to their biological parents whose…

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90 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

90 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

imageAre you kidding me? Was she really a threat to law enforcement:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown, KMOV reports.

Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call in…

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Australians With Babies Delivered By Thai Surrogates Facing Six Month Wait to Leave Thailand

Australians With Babies Delivered By Thai Surrogates Facing Six Month Wait to Leave Thailand

imageWhile not the news these parents were hoping for, this is nevertheless a step in the right direction:

Australian couples with babies born to Thai surrogate mothers face an up to six month wait in Thailand as authorities tighten rules, including a total ban on commercial surrogacy. Under the tougher guidelines, up to 200 Australian couples with babies recently born to a surrogate mother face a…

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‘Paralyzed Bride’ to Become A Mom After Surrogate Is Confirmed Pregnant

‘Paralyzed Bride’ to Become A Mom After Surrogate Is Confirmed Pregnant

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Rachelle and Chris pose with an ultrasound image. (Photo: Facebook/Jennings Paige Photography)

In midst of all the bad news from Thailand; Ferguson, Missouri; Iraq; and Africa, something

positive

to remind us of what is important:

Rachelle Friedman was just weeks away from her dream wedding when the unthinkable happened. A playful push on her hen’s night left her with a spinal cord injury – that…

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Thai Surrogate Would Be Charged Double If She Delivered An ‘Imperfect Baby’

Thai Surrogate Would Be Charged Double If She Delivered An ‘Imperfect Baby’

imageI truly thought we had heard the worst of this scandal. However, these new revelations are beyond appalling and show another side of the seedy underbelly of what was the Thai surrogacy industry. The bottom line was that they were treating nascent human life as a commodity and I hope all those responsible spend a very long time in jail:

As part of the surrogacy scandal involving a Japanese man,…

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Humanitarian Crisis: 250 Australian Babies May Be Potentially Trapped In Thailand As Part Of Baby Gammy Surrogacy Scandal

Humanitarian Crisis: 250 Australian Babies May Be Potentially Trapped In Thailand As Part Of Baby Gammy Surrogacy Scandal

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Left behind by biological parents … Seven-month-old Down syndrome baby Gammy is fed in a Thailand hospital. Picture: Patrick Brown

My heart goes out to

these familie

s who did nothing wrong but realize their dream of becoming parents:

IMMIGRATION officials are on high alert at all of Thailand’s international airports — including the holiday spot of Phuket — as foreigners try to get their babies…

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Australia’s Immigration Act Prohibits Down Syndrome Immigrants

Australia’s Immigration Act Prohibits Down Syndrome Immigrants

imageI was appalled to learn that Australia’s Immigration Act has been responsible for denying Down Syndrome immigrants into the country since 1958. The reason? Because they can be a financial burden. If anything good comes out of the humanitarian nightmare that is unfolding in Thailand, it may very well be the repeal of this inhumane and discriminatory law:

An embarrassing, little-known result of…

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Republican Congressman Steven King: Ferguson Protestors Are Of A Single ‘Continental Origin’

On the day President Obama is calling for calm and healing in Furgeson, this race-baiting Congressman said this:

Thai Officials Stopping American & Australian Families From Leaving Country With Babies

Thai Officials Stopping American & Australian Families From Leaving Country With Babies

The fallout continues:

Two Australian homosexual couples, who were flying out with surrogate babies, have been barred from travel by immigration officials in Thailand as its local government continues its crackdown on surrogacy laws. It is believed the couples were leaving from Bangkok international airport when they were stopped on Thursday afternoon, according to the ABC.

The alleged…

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