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Relaxed UK guidelines towards “commercial” surrogacy leads to calls for a new look at what makes surrogacy “ethical”

Natalie Gamble, one of the UK's leading fertility lawyers, has written a piece for leading bioethics publication Bionews about surrogacy outside the UK, including the USA. She explains how COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on intended parents crossing borders for surrogacy in 2020. Gamble challenges “the policy myth that UK surrogacy is preferable”, and calls for “a shift from categorising surrogacy as altruistic or commercial, domestic or international, and instead ask how to ensure it is ethical.” Gamble then provides examples of robust ethical standards that exist in certain US states where compensation is allowed and regulated.

High Costs for Men Building Families Examined in Article

A high-priority issue for MHB Advocacy is Fertility Equality, and in particular how insurance coverage of medical treatment is highly discriminatory against men building families through surrogacy. A recent Refinery 29 article calls attention to these hidden costs, including the way that the prevailing definition of "infertility" excludes LGBTQ prospective parents.

Overcoming COVID-19 Surrogacy Travel Challenges

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of prospective surrogacy parents are unable to enter the US and take care of their genetic newborn children.  And subsequently, hundreds more are prevented from  returning to their home countries after the babies are born due to disruption caused by limited access to necessary official documents. Read below about how these parents can best cope with these challenges, and what Men Having Babies and other advocates are attempting to do in order to solve or at least ease these problems.