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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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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]

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]


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25 October 2016


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