We have been patiently waiting to learn the outcome of the legal trial of Tammy Davis-Charles, the Australian nurse who was working in Cambodia arranging surrogacy pregnancies for Australians and other foreign nationals, prior to the Cambodian Government crackdown on the practice late last year. Well, the sentences came down a couple of days ago,… Continue reading Update on Surrogacy in Cambodia
Despite the 2016 legislative changes in Indian surrogacy, which have effectively prohibited foreigners from undertaking surrogacy arrangements in that country, it appears that little may have changed there, with some fertility centres still providing services illegally to foreign nationals, with the use of "surrogate houses". Putting aside the obvious ethical and social issues associated with… Continue reading Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?
I have recently noticed that a number of organisations (many of which would profit from ongoing provision of surrogacy arrangements in Mexico) are crowing that surrogacy is still legal for foreign nationals in all but 1 Mexican state. What they are saying is true, but it is really important to keep this in perspective. The one… Continue reading Surrogacy in Mexico
A number of organisations (some of which directly profit from the provision of surrogacy services) are currently saying that surrogacy is legal for foreign nationals in all states of Mexico, except Tabasco. This is kind-of true: in reality, it isn't necessarily legal in these states, it just isn't illegal. Until recently, Tabasco was the "go-to"… Continue reading Surrogacy in Mexico
The legal nightmare of Cambodian surrogacy continues, but it appears that a breakthrough might be approaching. The Cambodia Daily newspaper reported last month that work was being undertaken to expedite a strategy to permit families to leave Cambodia with the babies born through surrogacy. Information on how this is developing seems pretty thin on the… Continue reading Exit strategy for surrogacy families stuck in Cambodia?
The completely foreseeable disaster of Cambodian surrogacy continues to unravel, with this article claiming that around Australian families are currently stranded in Cambodia with their infants, and up to 50 more surrogates are currently pregnant in Cambodia for Australian IPs. Cambodia has abruptly acted to end the practice of surrogacy in that country, but it appears… Continue reading 10 Australian families still stranded in Cambodia, with up to 50 babies yet to be born.
I just found this article examining various experiences of women who have become surrogates in Australia. The article is a couple of years old, but worth sharing here regardless http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/australian-surrogate-mothers-discuss-volunteering-to-carry-anothers-baby-20140911-10a931.html
I was curious to read this article https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2016/dec/14/what-social-workers-need-to-know-about-surrogacy published this week about surrogacy in the UK. I was initially rather confronted by the tone of the article - it came across as rather "anti-surrogacy". Having had a second read though, I can more clearly see the concern expressed by the author about the genuine risks associated with surrogacy... when… Continue reading Surrogacy and Child welfare
A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn't yet know. Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown - 12 days until departure). For most of this year,… Continue reading 2016 Reflections
This is a very alarming development in the Cambodian surrogacy crackdown. An extraordinary and unexpected risk of being involved in cross-border matters in a country where the legislation is unclear. My best wishes extend to Tammy and her family - this is a terrible situation. http://www.goondiwindiargus.com.au/story/4304143/australian-nurse-tammy-davis-charles-arrested-in-cambodian-surrogacy-crackdown/