Mother acted as surrogate for adult son’s child

March 4, 2015 0 comments

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The Family Court has approved the adoption of a child who was carried by his father’s mother as a surrogate. In Re B v C (Surrogacy: Adoption), the child in question had lived with his father since birth. The judge noted that all reports indicated that the father, identified as ‘B’ in the judgment, had…

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Report reveals Australian surrogacy couples with no genetic link

October 16, 2014 0 comments

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A report into commercial surrogacy in Australia has highlighted a number of cases in which commissioning couples discover they have no genetic link to the children. The report, by the Attorney-General’s Department, details a number of instances in which children were commissioned from Indian surrogacy clinics. In one, twin girls were supposed to have been…

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Mexican surrogacy agencies circumvent payment law

September 27, 2014 0 comments

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Surrogacy agencies in Mexico are finding ways to pay their clients despite laws against the practice, a new report suggests. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Mexico, just as it is in the UK. This means that a woman who chooses to carry another couple’s child to term cannot accept payment for her services except to…

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International Surrogacy: A Guide by Joanna Kay

September 19, 2014 0 comments

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Babies Gammy and Pipah, the twins born under a surrogacy arrangement, are back in the news today. The commissioning couple took Pipah to live with them in Australia and left Gammy, who has health issues, with the surrogate mother who is based in Thailand. The surrogate mother has now said that she hopes to travel…

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Surrogacy in the UK

August 21, 2014 0 comments

The surrogacy system in the UK may not be sustainable, according to a BBC documentary which will be broadcast tonight. The Report: Surrogacy will examine the current state of surrogacy in the country. Surrogacy is a highly emotive and complex subject. Couples who cannot have children often turn to surrogacy in the hopes of becoming…

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What are our surrogacy laws?

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August 4, 2014 0 comments

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Surrogacy is back in the news, with the case of the Australian couple refusing to take a boy who was born with Down’s syndrome making headlines across the world. The case has led to calls for changes in the law on surrogacy. But just what are our surrogacy laws? Before I begin, just a quick…

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Surrogacy group fears international ban in Australia

August 4, 2014 0 comments

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An advocacy group in Australia fears the country will ban international surrogacy following a case involving a child with Down’s syndrome in Thailand. After paying a Thai woman $15,000 to have their children, an Australian couple refused to take the boy home due to his condition. It is currently illegal to pay for a surrogate…

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Canadian MP wants legal payment for surrogate mothers

June 3, 2014 1 comment

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A Canadian MP is attempting to make payments to surrogate mothers legal. The bill which would remove the current prohibition was introduced by Independent MP Dean Del Mastro. Canadian law, more specifically the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, says that a commercial incentive for surrogacy is “for health and ethical reasons, a crime”. Del Mastro claims…

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