John Weltman and Emily Sonier of Circle Surrogacy are joined by George Fesser of the LGBT Community Center of New York City and Dr. Ann Kiessling of Bedford Labs at this panel on surrogacy options for HIV+ men from the Gay Men's Health Summit in Washington D.C. Video in two parts below.
John Weltman explains the differences between traditional versus gestational surrogacy, how agencies screen and match surrogates and donors with intended parents, the time line and costs of the process, and the difference between known and unknown donors. He also spoke about insurance issues for gestational surrogacy. John's presentation was part of the seventh annual "Men Having Babies" seminar on October 2, 2011, at Center Families of the LGBT Center in New York City. The seminar included three parts: an overview of the surrogacy and egg donation process by a panel of legal and medical experts; short presentations by agencies and organizations who provide services and support for gay men who want to have babies; and personal stories from NY gay parents, two surrogates and an egg donor.
A Panel of experts, gay parents, surrogates and an egg donors address ethical questions often raised regarding surrogacy and gay parenting. Among the moral issues discussed were the medical and psychological risks associated, and how they can be minimized; the motivations of the surrogates and are they being exploited; relationships between the parties during and after the journey; attitudes in the American society versus cultures where surrogacy is more controversial (such as France); how are children affected when they are raised without the presence of a female parent (as is the case when gay men have children with the help of a surrogate).