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# Surrogacy

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2022
# surrogacy committee
Irish Gay Dads group 'implore' Govt to ensure Irish surrogacy families are not 'left behind'
Senator Sharon Koeghan said ‘as long as children are loved and cared for and feel secure in life, that’s all that matters’.
# I'm out
Senator Sharon Keogan quits Oireachtas Committee citing 'unsafe working environment'
Keogan has hit the headlines in the past week after she was asked to leave a separate committee’s meeting.
# Surrogacy
Senator objects to 'deeply personal attack' after being labelled 'crude and cold' during committee
Sharon Keogan says a comment she made to representative for Irish Gay Dads was “misinterpreted”.
# sharon keogan
'Check your Christian values': Senator asked to leave Oireachtas committee during surrogacy hearing
Committee chair Kathleen Funchion TD was forced to suspend the meeting after comments from Independent Senator Sharon Keogan.
# Surrogacy
Supreme Court to hear appeal in case brought by fathers seeking Irish passport for their son
The boy has UK citizenship, and it is his fathers’ wish that he get an Irish passport.
# refuge
Advocacy group says surrogate mothers are being offered help to leave Ukraine if they choose to
Parents of a newborn evacuated from Ukraine say that “Baby Tilly can’t wait to meet her big brother Tadhg at home in Ireland”.
# Kyiv
Four Irish babies born through surrogacy in Ukraine evacuated from the country
It is understood that the newborns are all safe and well.
# IVF
Cabinet agrees to publish bill on regulation of reproductive healthcare
An Assisted Human Reproduction watchdog is to be set up under the new bill.
# Surrogacy
Irish embassy in Ukraine 'working through the night' to get surrogate babies home, says Coveney
Currently, the Department of Foreign Affairs are advising people not to travel to Ukraine.
# families
Babies born in Ukraine through surrogacy may be brought back to Ireland more quickly than usual
The Department of Foreign Affairs is working with parents whose babies are due to be born soon in Ukraine, where tensions with Russia are high.
# Surrogacy
Parents expecting baby via surrogate in Ukraine urged to contact Dept, Seanad told
Senator Mary Seery-Kearney said she has been in discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney about the issues.
# Surrogacy
Special Oireachtas committee on international surrogacy to be established
The committee is expected to report with recommendations within three months of its establishment.
All time
# parent rights
Concern for parents as international surrogacy still missing from new legislation
Advocates warn of ongoing impact to families if international and retrospective surrogacy not addressed soon.
# High Court
Irish couples travelling abroad for surrogacy set to be exempt from hotel quarantine, High Court hears
The regulations could be in place by the end of the day, the High Court was told by lawyers for the State.
# High Court
High Court challenge brought over passport for boy born through surrogacy abroad
In 2017 an application was made to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the boy’s behalf for an Irish passport.
# parent rights
Stateless children and parents who are legal 'strangers': the Irish families left in limbo
It has been 15 years since the State was told to legally protect the rights of families using ‘non-traditional’ conception methods.
Voices
Opinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won't recognise many parents
Surrogacy still isn’t regulated in Ireland. New rules are on the way but they won’t solve the problem of recognition for couples who previously entered surrogacy arrangements abroad, writes Brian Tobin.
# Cabinet
Cabinet approves law to allow some same-sex partners to both register as parents on baby's birth certificate
The move comes from government after years of campaigning for same-sex couples and LGBT advocates.
Voices
Surrogacy: 'Infertile couples will still have to go abroad to make their dream a reality'
The draconian surrogacy proposals contained in the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill should be substantially revised before being placed on the statute book, writes Dr Brian Tobin.
# Embryos
Chinese baby born four years after parents died in car crash
“He’s always smiling,” the baby’s grandmother said.
# sole parent
Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 children born to Thai surrogates
Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, became the centre of a surrogacy scandal in 2014.
Voices
Opinion: 'Surrogacy proposals would make process costly, time consuming and frustrating'
It seems like Irish policy-makers are in fact trying to discourage domestic surrogacy, writes Dr Brian Tobin.
# Motherhood
Portuguese medics clear woman's bid to bear grandchild
Gestational surrogacy was legalised in Portugal in 2016.
Voices
Opinion: 'We still don't have crucial parental rights for same-sex married couples'
The State has a duty to protect all married couples, including same-sex couples, writes Dr Brian Tobin.
# business of being born
India's poor fear the impact of a crackdown on commercial surrogacy
Authorities are planning to ban commercial surrogacy in the country over exploitation concerns.
# Fundraising Appeal
Irish dad and Kiwi partner stranded in Mexico with their surrogate babies
Friends of a gay couple have appealed for funds to help bring their newborn babies home.
# Surrogacy
These two dads aren't happy about a Kerry candidate using their family photo online
The birth photo shows Toronto couple BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson embracing their son.
# France
Woman accused of taking money from gay couples then selling the children
Surrogacy – even if altruistic – has been banned in France since 1994.
# Texas
Surrogate mother gives birth to her own granddaughter
53-year-old Tracey Thompson gave birth to a healthy baby girl yesterday, seven years after going through menopause.
# Thailand
Couple in hiding after surrogate mother presses abduction charges
“Our family are missing very important months of both our children’s lives.”
# Not Fair
Government slammed after mother of surrogate baby denied benefit
The woman who brought the case was refused benefits as she did not meet the requirement of having been pregnant.
Voices
It’s not scaremongering to look at the bioethical implications of the marriage referendum
Both surrogacy and donor-conception require more, not less, ethical discussion before the Government’s plans in this area become formalised in law.
Voices
'The marriage referendum proposal could affect future laws relating to children'
Solicitor Eileen King writes about why a group of lawyers are advocating a No vote this Friday.
# Explainer
Surrogacy in Ireland: Where do we stand?
The referendum on marriage equality is only a few days away. However, other issues have been entering the debate.
Voices
Why voting No won't tackle the ethical challenges around surrogacy or donor conception
The ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and donor conception arise both straight and gay couples.
# marriage ref
'I was born in 1950s conservative Ireland and I'm asking people to make this happen'
The Taoiseach said 40,000 people who have never registered before have signed up to vote.
# Surrogacy
Elton John calls for Dolce and Gabbana boycott over IVF comments
One of the designers called IVF children ‘”synthetic”.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it right that commercial surrogacy will be banned in Ireland?
It is legal in some states in the US.
# Surrogacy
There'll be no such thing as a designer baby under this new law
Leo Varadkar has published new proposals to legislate in the area of surrogacy for the first time.
# new icu
Leo met some very small, very cute babies today
‘There’ll be trouble … his grandparents didn’t even get to hold him yet!’