Posts Tagged ‘surrogate’

Surrogacy birth bill passed by Louisiana House

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill 79-14 to establish enforceable, legal surrogacy birth contracts between married couples and the surrogate mothers in Louisiana.

The bill: Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, has sponsored the legislation which puts regulations in place for a couple and woman who enter into a surrogacy birth relationship. Surrogacy allows a couple to have a child that is biologically their own, but carried to term by a third party surrogate mother.

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In New York, a Push for Compensated Surrogacy

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Brad Hoylman, now 48, and David Sigal, 47, had not planned to have children. “But there comes a point when we were in our early 40s: well, what else is there?” Mr. Sigal said. “We were shocked that you couldn’t do surrogacy in New York.”

“It was also surprising that it was so readily available in California,” Mr. Hoylman said, in the singsong back and forth of their conversations.

Now Mr. Hoylman, as a novice state senator, is in a position to do something about it. He is the co-sponsor of a proposed law that would overturn the current law and make compensated surrogacy legal in New York State.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Reveals The Surrogacy Journey She Took For Her New Daughter

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Melissa Harris-Perry revealed in an essay on Tuesday the story of how her newborn daughter came into the world, opening up about her struggles to conceive and about her decision to use a surrogate mother.

Harris-Perry’s baby girl was born on Friday. “Many people in our lives knew that we were expecting but most viewers of MHP Show were not aware of the impending arrival because I was not visibly pregnant,” the MSNBC host wrote.

Harris-Perry explained that, after her first pregnancy with her daughter Parker, she “spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids,” and ultimately decided to have a hysterectomy. She said that after marrying her husband James in 2010, she “struggled with accepting that we would never have our own children,” and turned to IVF and surrogacy.
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Kansas lawmakers hear testimony on bill making surrogacy contracts illegal

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

TOPEKA — Several Wichitans came to the Capitol on Monday to voice their outrage over a bill that would criminalize surrogacy contracts.

The bill introduced by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee and chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee, would make it a misdemeanor to hire or act as a surrogate for compensation. Anyone found guilty of the offense would face a fine up to $10,000 or one year imprisonment.

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Surrogacy on Upswing: Laws Still in Infancy

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

It is not some science fiction movie plot. It is real. Human beings are being manufactured and sold – right here in America.

Even more shocking is the fact that decades after the first commercial U.S. sperm bank was opened (1971), after the world’s first test tube baby was born (1978), and after the first U.S. court case regarding surrogacy played out (1986), this country still has no uniform law regulating how surrogate babies are created in a lab and brought into the world.

Let’s be clear at the outset. No one wants to deny a childless couple the right to have, raise and love a child. I cannot imagine the pain of an infertile couple longing to have a family. But at this late stage in the commercial surrogacy game there ought to be an agreed upon set of rules, regulations and laws on how it works – and what should be done when things don’t go as planned.
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Louisiana: Surrogacy births bill heads to Gov. Jindal for decision

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Surrogacy births in Louisiana will be subject to a new legal and regulatory framework if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final legislative passage Sunday with an 87-8 House vote.
Jindal hasn’t said whether he will support the measure, but he regularly sides with the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, which opposes the bill as “not pro-life or pro-family.”

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D.C. Legislator Wants to Legalize Surrogacy Agreements

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Here’s something you might not know: D.C. is one of the few places in the country that criminalizes surrogacy agreements, the practice by which a person or couple that cannot produce a child of their own via traditional means work with a woman who can.
Today D.C. Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) introduced legislation that would legalize those agreements, allowing for couples to enter into them without the fear of the existing $10,000 fine or possible year in jail.

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Surrogate Mom, Carries Twins For Her Brother And Sister-In-Law

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Things a sister might do for her brother and sister-in-law: host Thanksgiving at the last minute, get the mail when they’re on vacation, maybe even co-sign a loan.

But have their baby?

Tiffany Burke of Bellingham, Wash., is helping redefine the family favor by acting as a surrogate for her sister-in-law Natalie Lucich and brother James. Tiffany is due in December — with twin boys.

CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD” featured their story over the weekend, and it invited so many responses that Tiffany took to the blog “A Belly For Me, A Baby For You,” to address the many questions.

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Sisters share the gift of surrogacy

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

On a quiet family camping trip along Minnesota’s Rum River, surrogacy might seem like odd topic to come up. Five years later, sisters Kari Thorp of Andover and Tara Bladow of Battle Lake, Minn., can’t seem to remember who brought up the idea.

Tara Bladow, right, carried baby Gavin for her sister, Kari Thorp, who had a hysterectomy during high school.

Five years later, sisters Kari Thorp of Andover and Tara Bladow of Battle Lake, Minn., can’t seem to remember who brought up the idea. But without a second thought, two sisters pressed forward through a miraculous journey some might call the most beautiful gift a sister could give.

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Is Surrogacy on Its Way to Becoming ‘The New Normal’?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Surrogacy affords the opportunity of a dream-come-true for couples and individuals hoping to become parents but face the burdens of infertility or other health issues which make pregnancy and delivery dangerous or impossible. It enables you to welcome a child into the world who is truly your own and continue the miracle of your family lines.

The hard part, however, is reaching that point.

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