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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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A victory for consent – but what about the welfare of the child?

11 July 2016 - by Kriss Fearon

A couple whose daughter died of cancer, leaving frozen eggs in storage, has recently won the right to have their request for export reconsidered by the HFEA. There are a number of troubling features of the case which deserve proper scrutiny... [Read More]

Event Review: International Association of Bioethics Congress

04 July 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

Bioethics conferences don't get much bigger than this – the International Association of Bioethics Congress drew 700 attendees to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre... [Read More]

Judge condemns surrogacy 'market' and allows surrogate to keep baby

04 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate has been allowed to keep a baby after refusing to hand the child over to the intended parents after birth... [Read More]

Radio Review: Contact

27 June 2016 - by Andrew Powell

Contact gives us a view of the judiciary from a lesbian, lay client - precisely how is a 'white, straight male in his 60s' going to make a decision about a little girl, her same-sex female parents and her heterosexual father?... [Read More]

Womb transplant mother pregnant again

27 June 2016 - by Amina Yonis

A Swedish woman who gave birth in 2014 following a womb transplant is pregnant with a second child... [Read More]

Surrogacy in Australia – a missed opportunity

13 June 2016 - by Stephen Page

A parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy laws in Australia has just reported its recommendations, but they don't go far enough and the country is likely to remain the world's largest exporters of intended parents... [Read More]

Single parent surrogacy – what the High Court ruling really means

31 May 2016 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble

The President of the High Court Family Division declared last week that UK surrogacy law was incompatible with the human rights of a single father and his child... [Read More]

US surrogate takes custody case to appeal

31 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman in the USA who acted as a surrogate for a single man, and gave birth to triplets, has taken her claim for custody of at least one of the children to an appeals court... [Read More]

Single father wins surrogacy human rights ruling

23 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A senior High Court judge has ruled that UK law discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy who are seeking parental orders, and that current UK law in this area runs against their human rights... [Read More]

Gay couple win custody in Thai surrogacy dispute

16 May 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A same-sex couple have won a custody battle in Thailand against their surrogate after she allegedly refused to allow them to leave the country with their baby because they were not 'an ordinary couple'... [Read More]

Woman in her 70s gives birth in India

16 May 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

A woman believed to be 72 years old has given birth to a baby boy in India, following IVF treatment... [Read More]

Australian parliamentary committee calls for national surrogacy regulation

09 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A federal parliamentary committee in Australia has recommended that commercial surrogacy should remain illegal in the country, but that altruistic surrogacy should be regulated at a national level... [Read More]

Film Review: Future Baby

09 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go?

Judge: 'Baby Gammy' was not abandoned and sister can stay with parents

18 April 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A court in Western Australia has ruled that the twin sister of Baby Gammy, who was born to a Thai surrogate in 2013, should remain with her parents in Australia... [Read More]

Womb transplants – are they worth the risk?

18 April 2016 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The first US uterus transplant was carried out in February, but before we continue down this route we need to ask whether the risks outweigh the benefits of these procedures... [Read More]

Book Review: Our Journey - One Couple's Guide to US Surrogacy

29 February 2016 - by Ëlo Luik

'Our Journey' is an honest and exhilarating account of one couple's experience with US surrogacy, as well as a practical guide for those considering following in their footsteps... [Read More]

French surrogate in court for defrauding couple

01 February 2016 - by Ana Ilic

A woman is on trial in France on charges of defrauding two same-sex couples who had hired her as a 'surrogate'... [Read More]

Meeting Mary Warnock

01 February 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey and Dr Sue Avery

Last November, we accepted an invitation to have coffee and a chat with Mary Warnock. We had no real brief – we just looked forward to a tour through her life and her thoughts on what she had done for the world of assisted reproduction... [Read More]

Surrogacy 'should be treated like a sex crime', says Italian minister

11 January 2016 - by Rebecca Carr

Italy's interior minister, Angelino Alfano, has said that people who use surrogacy should be treated as sex offenders and sent to prison, in the face of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s attempts to grant family rights to same-sex couples... [Read More]

Surrogate carrying triplets brings lawsuit to prevent being sued for failing to abort

11 January 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

A US woman acting as a surrogate has filed a lawsuit to prevent a claim in damages being brought by the commissioning father after he requested she undergo a selective reduction... [Read More]

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