Just in time for Mother’s Day, the news site Elite Daily released a short documentary on surrogacy, featuring a Circle surrogate and her family, a parent through our program, and Jen Rachman, Circle’s New York area representative.
Circle surrogate Jenna Mancuso and her husband talk about surrogacy as a way to give back, matching with their intended parent, and gaining a long-lasting relationship. Michael Oppedisano, Jenna’s intended father, shares his experience, his desire to build a family, and his views on how surrogacy is changing the modern family.
In an article about the trend of developing countries shutting their doors to intended parents seeking surrogacy options, the New York Times asked Circle’s President and Founder, John Weltman, for his insight.
“I am very much in favor of less expensive options for people, but to date there has not been a single place I’ve felt comfortable sending people to,” John told the paper. “I would caution dramatically against new and up-and-coming places like Cambodia, and Panama, because the legal framework is not secure.”
The second season premiere of På bortebane, a Norwegian television show that sends Norway's politicians abroad to have their views challenged, took on the issue of surrogacy.
Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, who opposes surrogacy, traveled to the United States, to meet with a number of pro-surrogacy advocates. To gain insight into the legal aspects of surrogacy, Minister Isaksen interviewed Circle's President and Founder, John Weltman. John made it clear that a child who comes into the world through surrogacy is the responsibility of the intended parents, from the time the contract is signed. Isaksen also spoke with John and his husband's son, Zachary, who was born through surrogacy.
By the end of the episode, Isaksen acknowleged that his views on the issue of surrogacy had changed and that the issue was more nuanced than he had realized.
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.