Circle President and Founder, John Weltman, provided an opinion piece on surrogacy to Norwegian newspaper, VG. The piece was published in advance of Weltman's appearance on På bortebane, a Norwegian television show that sends politicians abroad to discuss different issues.
"Hundreds of Norwegians have already come to the United States to build their families because they have no option to do so in their own country," Weltman notes in the article. "This should change."
Weltman acknowledges that, while it is not perfect, the United States is one of the only places in the world in which surrogacy can be done ethically and safely, with care and concern for the children, the surrogate, and the parents.
Addressing one of the common arguments against surrogacy, his article notes: "Comparing surrogacy to a business transaction may be motivated by a desire to protect. But it can also be based in prejudice and paternalism."
At the end of the day, Weltman notes, if the involvement of money is the sticking point, Norwegian political leaders should take it out of the equation for now and begin with altruistic surrogacy.
"If you, as Norwegians, begin to permit altruistic surrogacy, you will learn that the greatest motivation for surrogates is not the financial remuneration, but the incredibly life-altering experience of helping someone else create a family. It is the greatest gift that any human being can give another. If you open your mind to this amazing experience, you will learn to respect it and the incredible women who step forward to be surrogates."
The full article (translated into Norwegian and behind a paywall) can be view here.
Circle Founder and President, John Weltman, an experienced assisted reproductive technology (ART) attorney and Circle’s Natalie Kanellis coauthored an article for the Fall 2015 issue of the American Journal of Family Law. The article, entitled “What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know About ART Issues” offers a comprehensive overview of the world of surrogacy and gamete donation and touches on contracts, birth orders, and adoption.
To accomplish the legal goals of an ART arrangement, Weltman and Kanellis argue, “it is necessary to meticulously manage all of the legal intricacies of the surrogacy, to make sure that all of the parties are properly represented and understand all of the legal documents and procedures, and to create an atmosphere of dedication to the best interests of the parties involved and especially to the babies.”
Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services, Dean Hutchison, has been appointed Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee. This is a tremendous honor for Dean and we congratulate him on this achievement.
According to its website, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Committee “studies and reports on the legal and ethical ramifications of advances in the technology of assisted reproduction, and in the science of genetics, that relate to family law.” It has shaped public policy, legislation, court decisions. Recently, the Committee has helped draft model regulations for states to regulate ART issues.
The Committee also assists in the learning and development of younger attorneys, and provides continuing education for established attorneys.
Dean will be responsible for putting together topics for all classes and panels for various national conferences throughout the year. He will also be assist with implementing and planning the two family law conferences– one held in the spring and the other in the fall
At Circle Surrogacy, Dean assists intended parents with the drafting of contracts, parentage actions, step-parent and second-parent adoptions; addresses insurance questions; and conducts legal consultations. Dean received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond and his law degree from Suffolk University. He was recognized as Rising Star in Massachusetts Super Lawyer and Boston Magazine in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.
The Shanghai, Chinese weekly magazine Xinmin Weekly called upon Circle for an article on the growing trend of Chinese intended parents pursuing surrogacy in the United States. Circle President and Founder, John Weltman, noted that Circle has been helping Chinese intended parents living in the UK and the US for at least 8 years. The trend of groing numbers of intended parents from mainland China has picked up in the last two years.