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Glossary

Surrogacy

The practice of bearing a child for another person or couple. In gestational (also known as 'full' or 'host') surrogacy, the surrogate carries an embryo conceived through IVF. In traditional (also known as 'partial' or 'straight') surrogacy, the surrogate's own egg is fertilised with the intended father's sperm.



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Australian woman charged over surrogacy in Cambodia

28 November 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A fertility nurse in Cambodia has been arrested for her involvement in the commercial surrogacy industry, following a recent crackdown by authorities... [Read More]

Surrogate awarded supervised contact with child

28 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate who lost a legal battle to keep her child has been granted supervised contact by the Family Court, although her attempt to regain custody has failed... [Read More]

High Court in Ireland to hear 'unique' surrogacy case

14 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Irish High Court will hear a case in January to determine the legal status of a child born through an international surrogacy arrangement to whom the intended parents have no genetic connection... [Read More]

Surrogate families made to hand over babies in car parks

14 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor

Some hospitals in the UK are reportedly asking surrogates to leave NHS grounds before handing babies over to their intended parents... [Read More]

Cambodia bans commercial surrogacy industry

07 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor

The Cambodian Health Minster Mam Bunheng has published a directive appearing to ban all forms of surrogacy in the country... [Read More]

Surrogate refuses to give consent for parental order

07 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate has refused to give her consent for the parents of twins to become the children's legal parents, even though she and her husband are not seeking any active involvement in the children's upbringing... [Read More]

Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?

24 October 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This event explored how can the law deal with the multiple-parent families created by donor conception and surrogacy, and asked: 'What makes someone a parent, and how should a birth certificate reflect that?'... [Read More]

Court allows Australian woman to remove deceased boyfriend's sperm

24 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman in Australia has been given permission by the Queensland Supreme Court to extract sperm from her boyfriend after his sudden death... [Read More]

Embryos from overseas couples 'stuck' in India

24 October 2016 - by Lucas Taylor

Two US couples have filed a petition at the High Court of Bombay to reclaim embryos they transferred into the country before India's ban on international surrogacy arrangements was introduced last year... [Read More]

Council of Europe rejects surrogacy guidelines

17 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a human rights organisation, has voted to reject a proposal to introduce international guidelines on surrogacy and children's rights... [Read More]

Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation

17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams

This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]

Should the Law Commission take a look at the birth registration system?

17 October 2016 - by Dr Julie McCandless

Birth registration seems to be an increasingly 'unstraightforward' procedure for many. Given the impact that birth registration has on wider society, effective law reform cannot be implemented without asking wider questions about the role and purpose of birth registration in contemporary society, as opposed to piecemeal reform of a system that was designed to meet the needs of the early Victorian era... [Read More]

Book Review: Regulating Reproductive Donation

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

This collection of essays from leading lawyers, fertility professionals, social scientists, ethicists, and others documents the experiences of families engaging in assisted conception, adding to the growing body of empirical studies in this area... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial fiasco

28 September 2016 - by César Palacios González

Dr John Zhang's team have opened a new door in terms of reproductive possibilities, but they may very well be instrumental in closing the assisted reproductive door for many people in Mexico... [Read More]

Indian minister intervenes to help British couple take home surrogate baby

19 September 2016 - by Rikita Patel

The Indian foreign minister has intervened on social media in the case of a British couple who face having to leave the country without their surrogate-born child... [Read More]

First triplets with identical twins born to SA gay parents

30 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A same-sex male couple in South Africa has become the first set of parents in the country to have triplets who share both the fathers' DNA... [Read More]

India considers bill to ban commercial surrogacy

30 August 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

The Indian government is considering a bill to ban commercial surrogacy, which will only allow Indian couples married for at least five years to use surrogacy.

Controversy over NHS funding of fertility treatment for transgender patients

15 August 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Transgender men are being permitted to freeze their eggs at NHS-funded fertility clinics, prior to gender re-assignment... [Read More]

Parental orders granted ten years after time limit

15 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The High Court has granted parental orders to a couple who applied over ten years after the time period in which to do so had expired... [Read More]

Book Review: The House of Hidden Mothers

08 August 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

Meera Syal explores commercial surrogacy in a story about the mismatches between Indian culture and Indian immigrants and their families in Britain... [Read More]

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