Texas case highlights surrogacy pitfalls

Family | Some experts argue the process commodifies women and children, and should be illegal
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/12/18, 02:23 pm

The case of a little boy born in Texas last month exemplifies the human rights abuses that can happen with surrogacy, a growing business in the United States.

In early 2017, two adults hired a Texas woman as a gestational surrogate—a woman who carries an embryo not genetically related to her. It was the woman’s third time as a surrogate. Despite widespread media reports about the case and the involvement of local prosecutors, the surrogate and the parents have remained anonymous.

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Surrogacy | Gay men use money and political clout, and claim surrogate moms are unattached to the babies they carry
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/10/17, 10:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO—The 10th-floor ballroom of San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel has high, coffered ceilings and baroque-style drapes and chandeliers. As 250 men in business casual filled the room early this year for the city’s fourth annual “Surrogacy Conference and Expo,” all eyes were on four female panelists at the front. The topic: how gay men can have babies using surrogates.

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China cancels surrogacy ban amid fears over shrinking population

by Courtney Crandell
Posted 1/06/16, 09:05 am

China canceled its proposed ban on surrogate motherhood last month just before its one-child policy officially ended Jan. 1. The two policy shifts represent China’s attempt to address its declining birthrate and the needs of a growing elderly population.

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