Egg Freezing Raises Fundamental Issues of Ethics and Fairness

Egg Freezing Raises Fundamental Issues of Ethics and Fairness

Susan Crockin outlines the important factors to be considered regarding egg donation after Facebook and Apple offer elective egg freezing for an employee benefit.

Dramatic improvements in egg freezing and thawing techniques have made its elective use a “hot topic.” Apple and Facebook’s decision to offer elective egg freezing as an employee benefit is the latest and most public example of what…

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She’s My Daughter: Man Who Exposed the Surrogacy Scam

She’s My Daughter: Man Who Exposed the Surrogacy Scam

This article paints the picture of a loving father caring for his daughter, supposedly conceived through surrogacy, even after he discovers she is not biologically his.

She’s my daughter: Man who exposed the surrogacy scam

 Visitors at Vijayanagar’s Janata Park may have seen the familiar sight of a father and daughter spending time alone on a park bench. The daughter’s autistic gait and irregular speech, and the father’s unkempt stubble…

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South Africa’s Surrogacy Laws Challenged

South Africa’s Surrogacy Laws Challenged

Surrogacy Laws in South Africa are being challenged by a woman who says the requirements for a genetic link under surrogacy laws violates her rights.

The Times is reporting that a Cape Town woman is challenging South Africa’s surrogacy laws.

A provision of the Children’s Act of 2005 makes surrogacy illegal for single people who are barren and for couples both of whom are infertile, even if…

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Aussie Parents Devastated Following Indian Surrogacy Mix-Up

Aussie Parents Devastated Following Indian Surrogacy Mix-Up

mix-up involving an Indian surrogate has left an Australian couple devastated that their child has no genetic link to them.

The couple, who have not been named, have been left devastated by the discovery after they used an Indian surrogate to have a child.

The incident was uncovered as details of three specific Indian surrogacy cases became public after the release of a report on…

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Facebook and Apple Offer Egg-Freezing Perk So Women Never Stop Working

Facebook and Apple Offer Egg-Freezing Perk So Women Never Stop Working

Nitasha Tiku, gives us a look at an unprecedented perk being offered to women working for Facebook and Apple.

Facebook and Apple Offer Egg-Freezing Perk So Women Never Stop Working

Tech corporations have perfected the science of the employee perk: a lavish amenity designed to keep workers in the office and fixated on the job. The recent announcement that Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggsis perhaps the most fascinating example…

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More Chinese Couples Turning to Surrogacy Services

More Chinese Couples Turning to Surrogacy Services

20140910_testtubebaby_CDANNThis article by Yang Wanli details the surrogacy options for Chinese couples to have children as infertility rates among the Chinese, particularly those in major cities, are on the rise.

Tang Zhou and his wife are planning to have their second child, a test-tube baby.

His wife had a natural delivery when she was 34 and their first child, a boy, is now 7. The couple, who are involved in a…

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Australian Prime Minister Opposes National Law On Surrogacy

Australian Prime Minister Opposes National Law On Surrogacy

Nice to see Australia will not have a knee-jerk reaction to this emerging scandal.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today rejected calls for a national law on overseas surrogacy after chilling details emerged of an investigation into the case of an Australian couple abandoning one of their twins born to a surrogate in India in 2012. The Prime Minister said that although the situation was “distressing”…

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Brittany Maynard: My Right To Death With Dignity At 29

Brittany Maynard: My Right To Death With Dignity At 29

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Such a powerful, yet horrifically tragic story and sure to inflame those on the religious right:

On New Year’s Day, after months of suffering from debilitating headaches, I learned that I had brain cancer.

I was 29 years old. I’d been married for just over a year. My…

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Update: Australian Couple Abandons Baby Boy In India Due To Gender Reasons

Update: Australian Couple Abandons Baby Boy In India Due To Gender Reasons

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Chief Justice Diana Bryant told the ABC that the Australian High Commission delayed giving the parents a visa in a bid to convince them to take the second child home. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

This

case becomes even impossibly more sordid and reprehensible:

An Australian couple has abandoned a surrogate baby in India, despite Australian consular officials pleading with the couple not to leave without…

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Second Australian Couple Abandons One Of Their Twin Babies In India

Second Australian Couple Abandons One Of Their Twin Babies In India

imageI guess this should not come as any surprise, given how many people are looking to do this on the cheap, the utter absence of regulation or oversight and how little incentive the agencies have to screen their prospective Intended Parents:

The abandonment of another surrogate baby in Asia has sparked calls for a national inquiry into the practice. Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant says a…

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Personhood Ballot Measure In North Dakota May End IVF

Personhood Ballot Measure In North Dakota May End IVF

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An advertisement promoting a ballot measure in North Dakota that states life begins at conception.

The North Dakota

ballot initiative

that declares life begins at conception could effectively end IVF in the state:

A group of specialized doctors in North Dakota is speaking out against Measure One, which states “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be…

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Pregnant Woman Denied Access To Starbucks’ Bathroom

Pregnant Woman Denied Access To Starbucks’ Bathroom

imageThey will let women inseminate themselves in the bathroom, but not permit an 8 month pregnant woman use the bathroom? Expect Starbucks to immediately rectify this public relations disaster:

t’s not uncommon for restaurants and gas stations to ask customers to make a purchase before using the bathroom. But Ilana Scheinker of north Phoenix, more than eight months pregnant, claims she was denied…

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Dr. Susan Golombok’s Study

Dr. Susan Golombok’s Study

Dr. Susan Golombok, Professor of Family Research and Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge is conducting a study and is looking for participants:

If you and your partner have a child, 3 to 9 years old, who was conceived through assisted reproduction, we would like to invite you to take part in the New Families Study. The New Families Study is looking for…

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Large Protests Continue In France Opposing IVF & Surrogacy For Same-Sex Couples

Large Protests Continue In France Opposing IVF & Surrogacy For Same-Sex Couples

imageSadly, hatred and bigotry continues to stand in the way of loving couples having families:

Tens of thousands of French protesters took to the streets of Paris and Bordeaux on Sunday, to demonstrate against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy, particularly for gay couples.

The adamantly anti-gay Manif Pour Tous (Protest for all) organised the demonstrations. The group became well known last year…

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White Woman Suing Ohio Sperm Bank For Supplying Her With Sperm From An African-American Donor

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Jennifer Cramblett (right) and her partner Amanda Zinkon (left) picked out a white sperm donor from Midwest Sperm Bank, but were instead sent a black man’s sperm, the allege.

While it certainly seems that the sperm bank may have erred, I have a hard time coming up any sympathy for

this

recipient couple. Perhaps they should consider themselves blessed for having such a beautiful child, worry less…

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