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.”
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.
Whether organizations can establish limits on egg donor compensation is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed in Northern California. In its coverage on the issue, the Wall Street Journal turned to Circle's Gina-Marie Madow, an attorney and a four-time egg donor. Gina-Marie shared her expertise and offered thoughts on egg donor compensation:
"I helped couples chieve their dreams, and in return they helped me go to law school, buy an apartment, pursue my dreams when I was in my 20s," she told the newspaper.
Like states across the country, Oregon has seen a growth in the number of surrogacy arrangements in recent years. With favorable law and policy, the state is one of the more common places intended parents are turning to in order to build their families. The Oregonian asked Circle Surrogacy's president and founder, John Weltman, an expert in assisted reproduction law, for his thoughts:
"Oregon is a great state for surrogacy, no question about it," Welman said, ranking it among the top five places for surrogacy in the country alongside Connecticut, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts.
You can read the full article here.