|American Surrogate Death: NOT the First, HuffPost BlogOctober 15th, 2015Brooke Lee Brown's death "underscores the ethical problem with asking women to serve as surrogates for non-medical reasons." Is death simply an occupational hazard in the surrogacy industry?|
|Surrogacy as an Iceberg: 90 Percent Below Water, Biopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2015While agencies market surrogacy as a fulfilling “journey,” they also caution prospective consumers about ethical and financial pitfalls. These contradictory messages reflect the true complexity of commercial surrogacy. |
|Womb transplants given UK go-aheadBBCSeptember 30th, 2015Ten women will be chosen for a clinical trial that will transplant a donated uterus, monitor organ acceptance for a year, and initiate up to two IVF pregnancies before removing the transplant.|
|The Need for UK Surrogacy Law Reform, BioNewsJune 29th, 2015With 1000-2000 children being born to surrogates each year, a more robust framework is sorely needed to avoid the bitter legal battles that are increasingly arising.|
|The Ethics of International Surrogacy, The Jerusalem PostMay 17th, 2015Sometimes it takes a tragedy to draw public attention to otherwise unconsidered problems. The recent earthquakes in Nepal, and their consequences for Israelis hiring surrogate mothers there, represent such an instance.|
|“It’s a Baby Farm.”, Biopolitical TimesApril 23rd, 2015A new documentary uncovers the shocking realities of unregulated commercial surrogacy in India.|
|Surrogate Mothers in India Unaware of Risks, ReutersMarch 2nd, 2015Renting out their wombs may ease financial problems for poor women in India, but new research suggests surrogate mothers there are unaware of the risks and often left out of key medical decisions about their pregnancy.|
|Battle Over Paid Surrogacy Opens New Front, TimeJanuary 28th, 2015In many states, hiring a woman to carry and give birth to a child for you is illegal. But New York Senator Brad Hoylman is fighting to change that in his home state.|
|The Future of Conception, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 8th, 2015Numerous writers took advantage of the ending year to look broadly at just how drastically we are changing the process of baby-making, and what it all means for society.|
|Biopolitical News of 2014, Biopolitical TimesDecember 19th, 2014This is everything important that happened in biopolitics in 2014 (or close to it).|
|Top Biopolitical Times Posts of 2014, Biopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 2014In 2014, CGS staffers and contributors posted 107 blogs in Biopolitical Times. These are twelve of our favorites.|
|A Season of Surrogacy Scandals, Biopolitical TimesOctober 16th, 2014The summer and fall of 2014 have been a season of surrogacy scandals in many countries.|
|Surrogate Targeted After Backing OutBangkok PostSeptember 9th, 2014A Thai surrogate mother who had second thoughts appealed for help from authorities after becoming the target of threats and intimidation by the surrogacy clinic and police working for them.|
|An International Agreement on Commercial Surrogacy? , Biopolitical TimesSeptember 4th, 2014A three-day convening in The Hague brought together scholars, women’s health and human rights advocates, and policymakers from 27 countries to tackle concerns about international commercial surrogacy.|
|Disability Will Never Be Immoral , Biopolitical TimesAugust 29th, 2014Prenatal genetic testing can be a valuable tool, but it provides strikingly limited data. Events of this summer, including the abandonment of Baby Gammy and shockingly intolerant comments from Richard Dawkins, speak to the risk of conflating one type of information with a broader reality.|
|Thai Case Casts Spotlight on Business of Surrogacy, AP August 7th, 2014Contributing to Thailand's popularity as a surrogacy destination is the large number of impoverished women who will carry babies for a price, and the availability of doctors with good reproductive medical skills.|
|More Heart-Wrenching Chapters in the Baby Gammy Story, Biopolitical TimesAugust 7th, 2014Inadequate regulation of cross-border surrogacy has led to some truly awful stories, from coercion and exploitation of impoverished women, to children left stateless, to couples whose life savings have been embezzled by unscrupulous agencies. The unfolding story of Baby Gammy adds new dimensions to the complexities of contract pregnancies.|
|French Luminaries’ Open Letter on Surrogacy , Biopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2014Prominent left and center-left figures are urging President François Hollande to reinforce France’s legal prohibition of surrogacy contracts.|
|Woman Sets Out to Ban Surrogacy, ABCJune 25th, 2014A filmmaker argues that surrogacy has become a baby-buying operation that allows wealthy couples to exploit vulnerable women, often those of lesser means. |
|Another Scandal at a Prominent Surrogacy Agency, Biopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2014Planet Hospital, a well-known medical tourism company that has boasted of pioneering cross-border surrogacy in India and Mexico, stands accused of deceiving its clients and stealing their money.|
|Ending Discrimination in Surrogacy Laws, The HinduMay 3rd, 2014Recent government meetings on India's draft Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill have resulted in a proposal for significant changes, including restricting surrogacy to “infertile Indian married couples” only. |
|US Paediatrician Attacks Surrogacy, BioEdgeMay 3rd, 2014A pediatrician at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine has published a blistering rebuttal to the claim that on the whole, women in developing countries benefit from commercial surrogacy.|
|The Rent-a-Womb Boom, The Daily BeastMarch 3rd, 2014Who really profits from India’s multimillion-dollar surrogacy industry? Adrienne Vogt explores the uncertain future of the subcontinent’s baby business.
|What Huxley Knew, Letter to the New York TimesNovember 24th, 2013Huxley’s assembly-line baby factories were an exaggeration, but it’s a mistake to dismiss too quickly his fears about the genetic manipulation of the species.|
|The Arlene Bynon Show[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], The Arlene Bynon ShowOctober 7th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky discusses 23andMe's recent "designer baby" patent with on a national affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM. |
|Sun, sand and surrogates, Calgary HeraldSeptember 30th, 2013International surrogacy is fraught with ethical and medical dilemmas, including the possibility that the women who bear children for others are being exploited. |
|Outsourcing a Life[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], San Francisco ChronicleSeptember 30th, 2013The Akanksha Infertility Clinic in Anand, India allowed a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and photographer full access to its facilities, except for the delivery room.|
|Recent Surrogacy Disputes in Focus, BioNewsSeptember 16th, 2013Surrogacy law and policy differs considerably between countries. Some jurisdictions ban or restrict the practice of surrogacy, whilst others have no legal regulation and some permit it on a commercial basis.|
|Baby Boom: Indian Women Giving Birth to U.S. Babies, CBS NewsApril 10th, 2013A lot of businesses go to India for inexpensive labor and it turns out American couples are doing the same. One village has become a center for cut-rate surrogacy, offering young women who will be carrying babies to term.|
|Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?, Biopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2013PlanetHospital claims that new surrogacy regulations in India have ruined a “golden opportunity” and paints Mexico and Thailand as the surrogacy frontiers – where it happens to have business arrangements.
|Surrogate Offered $10,000 to Abort Baby, CNNMarch 6th, 2013A surrogate refused to have an abortion after severe abnormalities were spotted on an ultrasound and moved to Michigan, where she became the legal mother.|
|French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debate, NPRJanuary 31st, 2013The president's promise to legalize gay marriage was seen as relatively uncontroversial when it first came up, but the news reopened a raw national debate on fertility treatments, surrogacy and adoption. |
|Transparency is the VictimThe HinduJanuary 27th, 2013In the absence of effective oversight of assisted reproduction practices, some medical institutions in Delhi are flouting medical and ethical rules with aplomb.|
|Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks], HuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?|
|Is This Informal Surrogacy or Exploitation?, Biopolitical TimesOctober 2nd, 2012A bizarre situation in Texas is either the result of a horrible misunderstanding about an informal, unpaid surrogacy or an appalling case of exploitation.|
|Changes for India’s ART Industry?, Biopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2012The recent death of a surrogate in India, along with new information about the 2010 death of a 17-year-old who had repeatedly sold her eggs, have built support for regulation of assisted reproduction. A draft bill would provide some safeguards, but Indian women’s health advocates say other provisions “leave much to be desired.”|
|Surrogacy Gives Birth to IndustryOregon's Medical Advances, Willing Mothers Attract International Clients Who Bring Cash With Their Dreams, Portland TribuneJune 21st, 2012Couples from around the world looking for surrogate gestational carriers have discovered Oregon, with its liberal surrogate laws and highly rated reproductive medicine clinics.|
|Assisted Reproduction Technologies Hit Prime Time , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 23rd, 2012This month’s episodes of Glee and Modern Family – two of the most popular prime time television shows – featured central characters contemplating assisted reproductive technologies.
|Too Posh for Pregnancy? , Biopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2012How many women hire surrogates because they are too busy to be pregnant or want to avoid stretch marks?|
|Body for Rent, The Financial November 21st, 2011According to doctors' data, surrogacy in Georgia [the country] has increased with the majority of surrogate mothers explaining that money is the most determining factor in their decision.|
|Stratified ReproductionAugust 3rd, 2011France Winddance Twine’s new volume provides a noteworthy look at stratified reproduction and how racism, classism, and colorism permeate the international market for wombs and gametes.
|Pregnant Vietnamese sent home[Thailand], Bangkok PostMay 31st, 2011After a raid by Thai police on a criminal surrogacy operation, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate on combating human trafficking and providing assistance to its victims.
|The Baby Business: A Fairy Tale?, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 6th, 2011Yet another first-person account that puts rose-tinted glasses on the potential for exploitation in the commercial surrogacy business. |
|Assembling the Global Baby, The Wall Street JournalDecember 10th, 2010With an international network of surrogate mothers and egg and sperm donors, a new industry is emerging to produce children on the cheap and outside the reach of restrictive laws.
|"They are just the wombs", Biopolitical TimesDecember 6th, 2010Sociologist Amrita Pande documents the experiences of surrogates.
|Fertility’s Mega-Mall, Biopolitical TimesNovember 11th, 2010The “Fertility Show” in London literally displays how the ART industry is commidfying fertility.
|Inside India's international baby farm, The TimesMay 9th, 2010Childless couples from around the world are travelling to India to have babies by surrogate mothers. They say it’s their last chance and that everyone benefits. Is it a fair trade?|
|Struggling to Control Fertility Tourism, Biopolitical TimesApril 17th, 2010Several countries are trying to figure out what to do about their citizens who go abroad for assisted reproduction procedures to evade local prohibitions (or just to save money).|
|Travel to exotic lands; sell your eggs, Biopolitical TimesJune 30th, 2009A Florida fertility clinic is recruiting egg donors with an ad in a college newspaper offering cash plus a 3-week trip to India "planned around your academic schedule."
|Womb for Hire, NewsbreakJune 15th, 2009A growing number of Filipinos wish to rent out their wombs and sell their eggs or sperm, prompting authorities to call for a review of the law against child trafficking.|
|Surrogacy Scandals Continue, Biopolitical TimesMarch 27th, 2009Another surrogacy agency's leader appears to have pulled a Madoff and walked off with large cash deposits.|
|The impotency of Canada’s fertility laws, National PostFebruary 13th, 2009Five years after the Assisted Human Reproduction Act was implemented, Health Canada has yet to implement regulations that would empower the agency to license and inspect the booming fertility industry.|
|Rent-a-Womb Is Where Market Logic Leads
[Commentary], The Wall Street JournalDecember 10th, 2008Massive inequality, we have learned, isn't the best way to run an economy after all. Some people haven't received the memo. Take Alex Kuczynski, author of the New York Times Magazine cover story, which tells how she went about hiring another woman to bear her child.
|Her Body, My Baby , The New York TimesNovember 28th, 2008After half a decade of trying to become pregnant, I came to the conclusion that if we wanted to have a child who was genetically related to us, we would have to find a woman with a more reliable uterus to gestate and deliver our baby.|
| OK to Rent Womb in India , The Straits TimesOctober 6th, 2008INDIA'S Supreme Court has not only confirmed what everyone already knew, that surrogacy is a commercial industry in the country, but it also ruled that renting a womb is legal.|
|In India, Surrogacy Has Become a Global Business, Der SpiegelSeptember 25th, 2008They come from Europe, Asia and America. Couples unable to have their own children are finding a booming market for surrogate motherhood in India. But what happens when a baby is born that suddenly belongs to no one?|
|Surrogacy is soaring in India, Hindustan TimesSeptember 18th, 2008Surrogacy is soaring in India, with the number of surrogate mothers nearly doubling in a year. Besides affluent Indian couples, non-resident Indians and foreigners are heading for India.|
|Breadline or egg line?, Biopolitical TimesAugust 6th, 2008More women are trying to deal with the economic downturn by selling their eggs or signing up as surrogates.|
|Baby Business Boom More Women Apply as Economy Slips, Chicago Sun-TimesAugust 1st, 2008Some Chicago area fertility clinics say they've seen a surge in women inquiring about becoming egg donors or surrogates for infertile couples, apparently because of the recent economic downturn.|
|India Plans Regulations for Surrogate MotherhoodSify NewsJune 26th, 2008Concerned with an increasing number of foreigners coming to India to rent a womb, the government is planning to come out with regulations to ensure legal and medical rights to surrogate mothers and children born to them. |
[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky], The Hartford CourantApril 24th, 2008While there's still a critical eye cast on surrogacy, the tenor of much of today's media coverage has changed from the circus-like days of Baby M to familiar territory that's found its way into the hive of popular culture.|
|Goodman on "The Globalization of Baby-Making", Biopolitical TimesApril 11th, 2008Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman gives voice to unease about pregnancy outsourcing surrogacy, based on concerns about social justice and reproductive justice.|
|The Globalization of Baby-Making, The Boston GlobeApril 11th, 2008Hundreds of couples are crossing borders in search of lower-cost ways to fill the family business. In turn, there's a new coterie of international workers who are gestating for a living.|
|Report struggles with surrogacy issue, Daily YomiuriMarch 25th, 2008The Science Council of Japan's subcommittee on reproductive assistance medicine recently issued a report that said surrogate births should, in principle, be prohibited through legislation.|
|Who’s Biting Who?: Headlines on white surrogate for Asian couple, Biopolitical TimesMarch 10th, 2008Probably the oldest cliché in journalism is that the everyday ‘dog bites man story’ is not nearly as newsworthy as when the proverbial man who turns the tables and bites the dog. But when it comes to reproductive technologies, race is increasingly becoming the dividing line between journalists’ view of the ordinary and the extraordinary.|
|Assisted Reproductive Technologies [PDF]Overview and Perspective Using a Reproductive Justice FrameworkDecember 10th, 2007This document, produced by the Gender and Justice Program, provides basic background information on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and offers a perspective on ART using a reproductive justice framework.|
|Oprah on Renting Wombs in India: “It’s beautiful”, Biopolitical TimesOctober 11th, 2007On Tuesday, viewers of the Oprah Winfrey Show were informed that Americans going to India to hire surrogates on the cheap is not exploitation. Rather, it’s a warm and fuzzy example of “women helping women.”|
|Women’s Mags Do Surrogacy, Biopolitical TimesSeptember 20th, 2007Two massive-circulation women’s lifestyle magazines – Glamour and Marie Claire – featured articles about contract pregnancy in their August issues. |
|Birth Without the Bother?, New York TimesJuly 23rd, 2007"So where do we regulate and draw the line? My vote is to allow genetic technologies aimed at combating disease or infertility, but to bar any effort that goes beyond the curative to enhance the germ line DNA of our offspring."|
|Gametes R Us, Biopolitical TimesJuly 19th, 2007In a New York Times Magazine piece last Sunday titled "Your Gamete, Myself," Peggy Orenstein writes at some length about the joys and angst of women who conceive and bear children using other women's eggs.|
|The Baby BusinessNew Book Focuses on Market for BabiesGenetic CrossroadsMarch 29th, 2006|
|CupidityThe EconomistFebruary 16th, 2006"Fertility treatment is a business with more than 1m customers and revenues of $3 billion a year in America alone. "||