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.
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 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.
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.