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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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Surrogacy law reform for single people brings children out of legal limbo

18 December 2017 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble

In May 2016, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, declared that certain provisions of UK surrogacy law were incompatible with a father and child’s human rights... [Read More]

US Congress lawmaker resigns amid surrogacy scandal

18 December 2017 - by Sean Byrne

Congressman Trent Franks has resigned from the US House of Representatives, following claims of misconduct related to pursuing a surrogacy arrangement with a former staffer... [Read More]

Surrogate sues clinic for using embryos without consent

11 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis

A woman who acted as a surrogate for friends has sued the fertility clinic where they were treated, after it transferred one of the unused embryos made using her eggs to impregnate the same couple, without her consent... [Read More]

UK Parliament considers law change on single-parent surrogacy

04 December 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A remedial order has been laid before Parliament which, if passed, will give single people the same rights as couples to become the legal parents of their surrogate-born children... [Read More]

UK waits for law reform after genetic mother ineligible for legal parenthood

13 November 2017 - by Sean Byrne

A woman has been denied legal parenthood of her surrogate-born child because she is single, despite being the genetic mother... [Read More]

US surrogate fights for own genetic baby

06 November 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US surrogate has been united with her genetic child who she carried alongside the intended parents' embryo in an apparent case of superfetation... 

Australian surrogate banned from child's life after bitter legal feud

23 October 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

A surrogate from Queensland, Australia has had her parental rights removed after a judge decided it was in the baby's best interests... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]

Ireland to offer state-funded IVF

09 October 2017 - by Georgia Everett

For the first time couples in Ireland will be eligible for financial aid for fertility treatments, after the Government signed off new proposals last week... [Read More]

Podcast Review: 'The Why Factor: Surrogacy' BBC World Service

02 October 2017 - by Melissa Elsworth

Why would a woman choose to carry a baby for another person? Should money be involved? Does surrogacy exploit vulnerable women? And what other ethical issues are involved in the surrogacy process?... [Read More]

The UK courts remain unmoved on commercial surrogacy

02 October 2017 - by Andrew Powell

A recent case is noteworthy not only for clinical negligence lawyers but also those interested in surrogacy and the wider public policy debate in the UK... [Read More]

Top of the Lake may sink as a procedural, but look beneath the surface

25 September 2017 - by Dr Iain Brassington

The implausibilities of this series ought not to detain us too long. For there are deep and troubling questions that the series raises. What is it to be a 'real' mother?... [Read More]

Gay couple denied surrogacy challenges Utah law

18 September 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A married gay male couple in Utah is challenging the state's law that says couples need to prove that a woman is unable to have children before turning to surrogacy... [Read More]

Drug protects mice against cancer treatment infertility

11 September 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

An existing drug has been shown to protect eggs from radiation and chemotherapy damage in research carried out in mice... [Read More]

Actor Sofia Vergara frozen embryo lawsuit dismissed

04 September 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A Louisiana court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the frozen embryo dispute between actor Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb, in a move that may end the two-year legal saga between the couple... [Read More]

Scandinavian attitudes to surrogacy – public policy should catch up

04 September 2017 - by Sam Everingham

During the planning of the global non-profit Families Through Surrogacy's first educational event on surrogacy in Sweden a few months ago, IVF professionals had suggested inviting a few leading Swedish infertility specialists. Unfortunately none were willing to attend, stymied by Sweden's conservative regulations around surrogacy... [Read More]

Cambodia moves to permanently ban commercial surrogacy

29 August 2017 - by Taqdeer Sidhu

Commercial surrogacy will be permanently banned in Cambodia if a new law drafted by Women's Affairs Ministry is approved... [Read More]

Surrogacy charity founder sentenced for embezzlement

29 August 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A surrogacy charity founder has been convicted of embezzling £50,000... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Bodies, Royal Court Theatre

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

At the opening of the play, couple Clem and Josh have decided to pursue surrogacy after suffering multiple miscarriages. We find out that the egg will come from a Russian donor, be fertilised with Josh's sperm, and then implanted in an Indian surrogate... [Read More]

Parliamentary panel suggests liberal reforms to India surrogacy bill

14 August 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A number of liberal reforms to the Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016 have been proposed by India's parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare... [Read More]

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