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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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What The Handmaid's Tale has taught me about surrogacy

24 July 2017 - by Natalie Gamble

As a supporter of surrogacy, I expected the television adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale to be uncomfortable viewing. Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian novel is well known for being the ultimate warning against surrogacy... [Read More]

French court allows gay spouse to adopt surrogate-born child

10 July 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A same-sex French couple have won a partial victory in their fight to be recognised as the legal parents of their child, who was born via surrogate in the US... [Read More]

Trial starts for Australian nurse in Cambodia surrogacy case

19 June 2017 - by Ryan Ross

The trial of a nurse accused of running an illegal overseas surrogacy service began in Cambodia last week... [Read More]

Event Review: Launch of the Centre for Reproduction Research, De Montfort University

30 May 2017 - by Kriss Fearon

The opening of the The Centre for Reproduction Research at De Montfort University on 24 March 2017 was marked through an afternoon seminar of short lectures by three leading scholars: Emily Jackson, professor of law at London School of Economics, Maureen McNeil, emeritus professor in sociology at Lancaster University, and Guido Pennings, professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University... [Read More]

Canadian crash victim awarded damages to pay for surrogacy

08 May 2017 - by Nina Chohan

A Canadian woman has been awarded $100,000 in damages to pay for a surrogate in a precedent-setting legal case... [Read More]

TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom

24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr

'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]

Surrogate to keep custody of baby following appeal

10 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A decision granting custody of a baby to a surrogate has been upheld by the Court of Appeal... [Read More]

Twins but legal strangers: paradoxical but could we have expected more?

13 February 2017 - by Dr Alice Margaria

It is not the first time that a court has been called to rule on the recognition of family ties established between a male couple and their twins born from surrogacy abroad. But the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal of Milan has attracted particular interest because of its absurd consequences... [Read More]

Court rules Israeli parents cannot use dead son's sperm

06 February 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The parents of a deceased Israeli man have had their request to use his sperm rejected on appeal... [Read More]

Italian court rules surrogate twins are not brothers

16 January 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

Twin boys born to a same-sex couple through surrogacy do not have the legal status of brothers, according to an Italian court... [Read More]

House of Lords debates UK surrogacy law reform

19 December 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The government has welcomed a House of Lords debate on surrogacy law reform, promising to consider whether the statute needs to be updated... [Read More]

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]

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