Bioethics @ TIU

Citizenship, Surrogacy and the Power of ART

Posted February 6th, 2018 by Mark McQuain

A recent LA Times article by Alene Tchekmedyian explores a complicated case involving birthright citizenship, surrogacy and same-sex marriage. Briefly, a California man, Andrew Banks, married an Israeli man, Elad Dvash, in 2010. At the time, same-sex marriage was not legal in the US leaving Elad unable to acquire a green card for residency (via the marriage) so the couple moved to Canada where Andrew… // Read More »

Surrogacy in the Market of Desire

Posted April 2nd, 2017 by D. Joy Riley

The State of Florida has spilled no small quantity of ink outlining the legal confines of gestational surrogacy (see particularly sections 742.13-742.17, here).  Legally permitted gestational surrogacy in Florida does not include “bringing in and harboring aliens, sex trafficking of children, forced labor and furthering slave traffic,” however; these charges were leveled against Esthela Clark in 2015. Clark had held a Mexican woman in her… // Read More »

Easter, Fertility, Surrogacy

Posted April 21st, 2014 by Christian Vercler

Most of us who celebrated Easter yesterday likely took part in the tradition of the Easter egg hunt. The egg, an obvious symbol of fertility, is an essential part of our spring celebration. Interestingly, the subject of fertility and “social surrogacy” was the focus of an article in Elle magazine last week. The piece told the story of an aging professional who felt she needed… // Read More »

Surrogacy: Begotten or Made?

Posted January 24th, 2013 by April Ponto

In 2010, the last year with data available, there were about 859 reported in vitro cycles initiated using a gestational surrogate in the United States.[i] Each year since 2007 the number of IVF cycles using a gestational surrogate has increased with the practice becoming more widely known and socially accepted.[ii]  These numbers, though, are underreported since the data only reflect surrogacy initiated through IVF and… // Read More »

Eight is Enough

Posted January 27th, 2012 by Joe Gibes

  In response to a family’s having eight babies by IVF and gestational surrogacy: “In this society, if you have money, you can have miracles!” “Having children is now a luxurious game for the rich!” “This completely topples the traditional meaning of parents.” “From the sound of it, they just tried to have some kind of baby machine.” “Gestational surrogacy is the business of renting… // Read More »