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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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Intended parents using surrogacy granted rights to leave and pay

31 March 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Parents of children born through surrogacy arrangements will be entitled to paid leave, after new legislation is passed by the UK's Parliament... [Read More]

UK surrogacy gone wrong

17 March 2014 - by Louisa Ghevaert

A recent case made national headlines for being a 'do it yourself' surrogacy arrangement which ended in marital breakdown and legal chaos, but news reports did not fully address the complex issues raised in the case about the identity and best interests of the child... [Read More]

DIY surrogacy leaves intended mother with no parental rights

10 March 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy

A 'do it yourself' surrogacy agreement resulted in legal chaos after the intended parents' relationship broke down within a few months of the baby's birth, leaving the intended mother with no parental rights over the child... [Read More]

Irish Supreme Court considers surrogacy parenthood appeal

10 February 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad

The Irish Supreme Court has heard an appeal over surrogacy parenthood, reserving its decision for a later date.... [Read More]

General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill

10 February 2014 - by Fiona Duffy

Despite the lack of legislation and a regulatory framework in assisted conception, fertility treatment has been widely available in Ireland for many years. But in the absence of legislation, fertility clinics will not provide surrogacy services and many Irish couples requiring the use of a surrogate have, as a result, gone abroad... [Read More]

Israeli surrogacy crisis moves to resolution while Health Ministry supports law change for gay couples

03 February 2014 - by Rebecca Carr

Israel has issued its first passport to a baby born to a Thai surrogate, after the intended parents protested against the Government's refusal to grant the child Israeli citizenship... [Read More]

Ireland publishes draft surrogacy legislation

03 February 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Irish Government has agreed to put forward proposals for a wide-ranging bill that features provisions on surrogacy and parenthood for consultation... [Read More]

Israel: Protests and a hunger strike over surrogate babies stuck in Thailand

27 January 2014 - by Ari Haque

Supporters of the parents of 65 babies born to surrogate mothers in Thailand have gathered outside the home of Israeli interior minister Gideon Sa'ar to protest the Israeli Government's refusal to accord citizenship to the children... [Read More]

Israeli health minister moves to lift surrogacy restrictions for singles and gay couples

16 December 2013 - by MarĂ­a Victoria Rivas Llanos

The Israeli Health Minister, Yael German, has announced the introduction of a new measure to allow unmarried and homosexual men and women access to surrogacy services in the country... [Read More]

Event Review: Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples

16 December 2013 - by Daniel Malynn

This event, hosted by the Bar Council, looked the options and potential pitfalls same-sex couples can face can face in accessing surrogacy both in the UK and overseas... [Read More]

Woman sues Irish Government over surrogacy maternity benefits

09 December 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman in Ireland whose child was born through surrogacy is challenging the Government's refusal to pay her maternity leave, alleging that it amounts to unlawful discrimination, reports the Irish Times... [Read More]

India to enforce visa restrictions on those seeking surrogacy

04 November 2013 - by Rebecca Carr

A recent order from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has stipulated that foreign nationals seeking to enter India for the purposes of commissioning Indian surrogacy services must now apply for a medical visa to do so.... [Read More]

Five million births from IVF: study published

21 October 2013 - by Suzanne Elvidge

Since the birth of Louise Brown in July 1978, five million babies have been born with the help of IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]

TV Review: House of Surrogates

07 October 2013 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

I'm not sure how a television documentary manages to be saddening, heartwarming, uplifting and worrying all at the same time. BBC Four's House of Surrogates, which focused on one provider of paid-for surrogacy in India, where all the women acting as surrogates for one Gujarati clinic spent 'their pregnancy away from home in dorms', managed it... [Read More]

TV Review: Coronation Street - Surrogacy in Weatherfield

07 October 2013 - by Professor Eric Blyth

The British TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has become an established national institution since the first episode was screened in December 1960. It is on several nights each week and is set in 'Weatherfield', a fictional working class neighbourhood in Manchester.... [Read More]

Surrogacy: What is so brilliant about 'Brilliant Beginnings'?

30 September 2013 - by Dr Amel Alghrani and Dr Danielle Griffiths

Surrogacy law is a mess and no longer fit for practice. As increasing numbers resort to the use of international surrogates or the 'murky waters' of the World Wide Web to find a surrogate, the law is relegated to cleaning up the aftermath... [Read More]

Mixed messages on surrogacy maternity leave from European court

30 September 2013 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

Uncertainty in EU law over the issue of surrogacy and the right to paid maternity leave deepened this week after expert advisors to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave opposing recommendations on separate but similar cases.... [Read More]

Recent surrogacy disputes in focus

16 September 2013 - by Louisa Ghevaert

Two recent surrogacy disputes have emerged from Wisconsin, in the United States, and South Africa which highlight the challenging legal and practical issues surrogacy can create.... [Read More]

John Lennon is dead. Long live John G2 (or not)

02 September 2013 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

I could tell straight away that Canadian dentist Michael Zuk, who invested in John Lennon's rotten molar in the hope of cloning the great musician, is a big fan of Michael Crichton's 'Jurassic Park'... [Read More]

The 'Brilliant Beginnings' of surrogacy reform in the UK

27 August 2013 - by Natalie Gamble and Helen Prosser

The landscape for opportunities to bring up a family through surrogacy and egg donation in the UK has changed - though not as fast as it has internationally. We live in a globalised world in which commercial surrogacy is a reality... [Read More]

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