New Jersey (USA) considers the treatment of surrogates and intended mothers

In New Jersey, the birth certificate of children born via surrogacy must by law include the name of the surrogate as the mother. 

But the law has been under review by the state’s Supreme Court after a married couple sued the state to have the intended mother’s name placed on the birth certificate in place of the surrogate’s.  (Unlike previous cases, in this instance the surrogate gave written permission before the child was born to have her name removed from the birth certificate, in lieu of the intended mother’s.  The surrogates wishes were not followed).

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Indians struggle with ethical surrogacy

Surrogacy in India

Surrogacy continues to be hot topic, even in India where the procedure has become commonplace.  But will the government ever regulate the ethics of this industry?

In the absence of any meaningful government legislation, the primary guidelines in India regulating the practice of surrogacy are those of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which date back to 2006.

But in the years since then, surrogacy has grown rapidly, and continues expanding by the day.  In 2012 India has emerged as a center for medical tourism, and being one of the few countries in the world where commercial surrogacy is widely available has made it a destination for couples around the world looking to start families.

Estimates for the value of this industry are around $2.3 billion.

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