In response to "Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It," which appeared in the New York Times on July 5, 2014, Circle's President and Founder, John Weltman, wrote a letter to the editor, calling for regulation of surrogacy.
The states must "mandate that the best interests of children be the guiding principle in any surrogacy arrangement," Weltman writes. He calls on them to issue licenses to surrogacy agencies, to ensure that everyone is giving informed consent, that all parties are screened and that women are not being exploited.
"Reasonable limits must be placed on the practice of surrogacy so we're protecting everyone involved -- intended parents, surrogates and, most important, children," Weltman concludes.
You can read the full leter here.
Surrogacy may be banned in France, but it must recognize children born to surrogate parents abroad, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The case may have broader implications. If children of overseas surrogate mothers will automatically become French citizens, it will be easier for gay couples to create families. Dean Hutchinson, a lawyer for Circle Surrogacy, an international agency which specializes in gay clients, observed:
“Countries that are members of the European Court of Human Rights must recognize the parentage of parents who have a genetic connection to their children born through surrogacy abroad, as this is in the best interests of the child. Our analysis of the case shows that, as long as at least one parent has a genetic connection to the child, the authorities must recognize parentage and grant citizenship— even if the country does not allow surrogacy. This is a blessing to intended parents from countries like France, Italy, Spain, and Germany that do not recognize surrogacy and have placed impediments to parents returning home with children born through surrogacy.”
Click here to read the full BioEdge article.
Click here to read the full blog post by Dean Hutchison.
Surrogacy has long been used by celebrities and the affluent as a means to have a baby, primarily because of the expenses and need for sound legal advice. But, gay men looking to expand their families after marriage are opting for this method.
"For gay people, men at least, this is pretty much the only way they can have their own children," said John Weltman, president and founder of Boston-based surrogacy agency Circle Surrogacy, which serves the gay and lesbian communities.
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Gina-Marie Mariano Madow is an attorney at Circle Egg Donation. She is also a four-time egg donor who has experienced known, identified, and anonymous donations. Gina-Marie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Roger Williams University and her Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School of Law. She drafts and negotiates the Egg Donor and Surrogate Agreements. She also reviews insurance policies, researches state and country laws and handles pre- and post-birth legal work.
Gays with Kids, a blog that covers issues that affect gay fathers, recently featured an article about HIV+ becoming fathers through surrogacy. The piece featured interviews with Circle parents, Circle's President John Weltman, and a Circle surrogate who helped an HIV+ dad complete his dream of parenthood.