Exit strategy for surrogacy families stuck in Cambodia?

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 theContinue reading “Exit strategy for surrogacy families stuck in Cambodia?”

10 Australian families still stranded in Cambodia, with up to 50 babies yet to be born.

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 appearsContinue reading “10 Australian families still stranded in Cambodia, with up to 50 babies yet to be born.”

2016 Reflections

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”

Australian nurse arrested in Cambodian surrogacy crackdown

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/

Cambodia bans surrogacy pregnancy

The Cambodian Ministry of Health has today announced that surrogacy pregnancy is now banned in that country.  The Ministry has also banned a range of other procedures including sperm donation.  It remains unclear whether surrogacy providers will be granted a grace period to put in place alternative arrangements, or what the implications are for surrogacy arrangementsContinue reading “Cambodia bans surrogacy pregnancy”

Cambodia emerging as surrogacy hub

For those who followed my Churchill Fellowship blog, there will be uncanny similarities between what I have been learning about Surrogacy in Cambodia and the information in this article published in The Hindu on Monday.  Anyone choosing to seek 3rd party reproduction in Cambodia should be doing so with great caution and both eyes wide,Continue reading “Cambodia emerging as surrogacy hub”

Movement towards Cambodian surrogacy law?

After almost 2 years of surrogacy services being offered in a murky legal environment, it looks like the Cambodian Government might be making a move towards establishing a clearer legislative framework for the practice in that country.  Reports in the Cambodian local media today indicate that legislation may soon be drafted which would consider surrogacyContinue reading “Movement towards Cambodian surrogacy law?”

“A greater onus of proof that a mother has consented”

Reports in today’s media are already predicting the outcomes of the ongoing federal government inquiry into surrogacy, suggesting that  Australian couples may be banned from accessing surrogates overseas in a bid to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable women.  Although the committee into surrogacy is only expected to hand down its findings to the government in the firstContinue reading ““A greater onus of proof that a mother has consented””

Stop 8: Cambodia

Unfortunately, fate (or at least a virus and dehydration) intervened and prevented me from making my final stop in Cambodia.  This is a real disappointment to me, as Cambodia is the newest player in the international surrogacy industry, really only appearing in late 2014, and in a direct response to legislative changes in Thailand.  AsContinue reading “Stop 8: Cambodia”

3 months until departure to investigate surrogacy in US, Mexico, Russia, India and Cambodia

It is now only 3 months until I depart on this incredible opportunity to investigate surrogacy around the world.  Last night I attended the Churchill Fellowship Medallion Evening, which gives returning Churchill Fellows a chance to share their experiences and tell the stories of what they have learned.  Last night, Fellows were asked to shareContinue reading “3 months until departure to investigate surrogacy in US, Mexico, Russia, India and Cambodia”