Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Congratulations to Tyra Banks on the Birth of her Son via Surrogacy

Congratulations are in order for Tyra Banks and her boyfriend Erik Asla, on the birth of their son via surrogate this week! The supermodel shared her incredible news with the world late Wednesday night on her Instagram account saying,

“The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.”

Tyra has been vocal about fertility issues since she commented on infertility with her Fab Life co-host Chrissy Tiegen in September of 2015. On the show the supermodel teared up when she said that people should not ask women why they have not had children because people do not know what others are going through in private.

Congratulations again to Tyra Banks and Erik Asla!

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India Begins Scaling Back Commercial Surrogacy

Women in India have become surrogates for years in order to help their families. In fact, thousands of poor Indian women have found work as surrogate mothers, helping to turn this country into a favored destination for foreign couples that can’t become pregnant on their own.

We even posted about their situations in our previous blog post from last year in response to the release of a Vice Episode detailing the dark side of Surrogacy in India here.

However, this is all about to change. According to the LA Times,

Now India’s government is taking the first significant steps to rein in commercial surrogacy, citing fears that the women are being exploited by a mushrooming industry that pays them a fraction of what surrogates earn in the West.

In October, authorities barred foreign couples from hiring Indian surrogates, following an earlier ban prohibiting single people and gays from contracting with Indian surrogates. The government has proposed a law allowing surrogacy only for married Indian couples, or those recognized by the government as being of Indian origin.

Whether or not this reaction to the growing surrogacy industry in India will solve the many issues involving coercion and lack of education is up for debate. Either way this may be a step in the right direction. Most importantly, this story is a warning for parents who have considered India as their surrogacy destination.

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Italian Senators Calling for Criminalization of Surrogacy

Category : Surrogacy

In an attempt to defeat pro-gay marriage legislation legalizing civil unions in Italy, Senators have called for the criminalization of surrogacy; regardless of where the child was born via surrogacy. In fact, Catholic Senators from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party have included an amendment, which would require gay couples with children to prove they had not used a surrogate or face jail.

The Senators also recommended prison terms for gay couples who used overseas surrogates and that suggested surrogate children born to gay parents should be put up for adoption. Supporters of the civil union bill expect additional amendments to be proposed before the upcoming January 28th debate on the issues.

Gay rights advocates have described the proposed amendments as “indecent.”

“This is indecent. A law intended to recognize rights cannot be transformed into a criminalizing one that talks about prison,” said Gabriele Piazzoni, the national secretary of rights group Arcigay.

The civil unions bill is expected to pass but many fear that amendments such as those proposed by the Catholic Senators will be included.

Earlier this month Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano caused outrage after suggesting the use of commercial surrogates should be treated as a sex crime.

For more information see this article.