Many same-sex couples are eager to expand their families by having children. One possible consideration for the LGBT community is surrogacy. While surrogacy is generally the same for both same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, there are some unique considerations that same-sex couples should consider before starting the surrogacy process. LGBT Surrogacy Process Surrogacy is an…

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Information concerning how COVID-19 may affect pregnancy still raises a cloud of uncertainty. As COVID-19 was declared a national pandemic by the World Health Organization in March, there has been insufficient data on how the novel virus would affect surrogates who are nearing the end of their pregnancy term. Understandably, surrogates may have numerous questions…

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Mitochondrial replacement therapy or (MRT) is the replacement of mitochondria, an organelle in cells, which can prevent or improve certain diseases. This procedure produces an often referred to “3 parent babies” since it requires the replacement of mitochondrial DNA of an embryo with that of a “third parent” This is a relatively new practice that has gained a good amount of attention due to its ethical issues. The issues involves where the line is drawn from vitro fertilization and gene editing. These social and ethical complexities make MRT an important issue to discuss.

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Surrogacy laws vary as much as the people who use surrogacy as a process of creating a family. With that being said, laws around the globe are not entirely different but limited to partial acceptance and prohibition.

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There are no federal laws regulating surrogacy in the United States, yet each state has its own set of laws that touch upon this topic. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oregon and Rhode Island are all considered surrogacy friendly states.

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More companies are moving towards covering assisted fertility benefits. Companies such as Pinterest, Chanel, Facebook, and Google are now offering coverage of up to $100,000 for in vitro fertilization costs which would benefit their employees and their family planning. Pinterest, a free website which allows users to manage images and video content onto their “pinboards,”…

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Often times, couples pursue the path of bearing a child by way of a surrogate. This can be an extremely stressful time for both potential parents, taking both an emotional and financial strain on the couple. As a result, couples often contemplate whether they truly want to have a child, or whether it is meant…

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The happy couple Elad and Andrew Dvash-Banks had to marry in Canada before the United States legalized same-sex marriage. The spouses, one an American citizen and the other an Israeli citizen with a green card, had twins through a surrogate mother where both children were born in Canada. The couple requested American citizenship for both…

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In New Delhi, India, female employees of the federal government can now apply for paid family leave if they have a child through surrogacy. The new decision from the personnel ministry came when a mother had twins through the assisted family planning process, yet was denied paid family leave because she was not the biological…

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In a recent surrogacy case that is sweeping the news, a California woman discovered that she became pregnant with her own biological child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. This is caused by a rare medical phenomenon known as superfetation. This occurs when a mother continues to ovulate…

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