BBC's "World Have Your Say" Calls on Circle Surrogate


In the wake of a number of tragic surrogacy stories, Thailand's government has passed legislation banning commercial surrogacy. BBC World Service called upon a panel of surrogacy experts to weigh in with their thoughts during their "World Have Your Say" radio program.

Circle Surrogacy's Minetter Bryant, a program coordinator and herself, and experienced surrogate, shared her knowledge and helped debunk some of the myths behind compensated surrogacy.

"It was something that [my family and I] were doing as a gift for someone else," Minette said, "who wanted to have children the same way that I wanted to have children."

You can listen to the entire episode, which includes interviews with a number of experts, at the webpage for World Have Your Say.

Super Lawyers Magazine Honors Circle Attorneys


The experts in Circle’s legal department have done it again, making it into the 2014 New England edition of Super Lawyers Magazine. Congrats to Scott Buckley, Bruce Hale, and Dean Hutchison on being honored as Rising Stars for their achievements in family law. Because of their hard work, numerous intended parents’ have fulfilled their dreams of starting a family. View the digital edition of the magazine here.

In Sydney Morning Herald Article, Weltman Offers Advice to Australian Gov't: "Snap Out of It"

The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's oldest continuously operating newspaper, called upon Circle's President and Founder, John Weltman, for his surrogacy expertise in a recent article on surrogacy "down under" and Australians who pursue surrogacy abroad.
John condemned the country's bans on compensated surrogacy as well as the prohibitions of several Australian states, which make it illegal to seek this service abroad.
"You don't do what some other set of people say you should do." John told the Australian daily. "You do what is right. People who are at 25, sad recipients of cervical or ovarian cancer, or are born gay and want to have children who will be amongst the most wonderful parents in the world … it's not fair to stop those people. It's like a prejudice against infertility or prejudice against gay people."
John's advice for the Australian government?
"Snap out of it. From my perspective, you are ignoring reality, you are not thinking about what this is really motivated by. You are not informed. You are dealing from a prejudiced perspective.

In NY Times Letter, Weltman Calls for Reasonable Surrogacy Limits


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 letter here.

Dean Hutchison quoted in BioEdge's "Court orders France to recognise surrogacy children"


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.

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Circle Surrogacy is a full service surrogate-parenting agency serving both gay and straight couples and singles. Since 1995, Circle Surrogacy has helped bring to the world nearly 400 babies, with unmatched success rates of close to 100% in clients becoming parents through egg donor surrogacy. Its dedicated staff of professionals is made up of lawyers, social workers, parents through surrogacy, surrogates and past clients. The surrogate mothers who get accepted to the program after careful screening are highly suitable and motivated to help the intended parents have children, and their spouses are also screened to assure they are fully supportive. Circle Surrogacy provides a choice of specialized clinics at locations throughout the country, a large selection of egg donors, swift matching with carefully screened surrogates, and a variety of flexible programs and financial options to suit its clients' unique family choices.