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25 Jan 2014
Co-Parenting: Latest Societal Trend Exemplifies Continued Breakdown of Family Structure

Demographers are noting the rise of “co-parenting”—a new movement involving contract-based parenting that is challenging the definition of family. The rise of co-parenting is largely due to the Internet, where numerous websites allow individuals to meet a parent online. Co-parenting allows unmarried people to find other individuals who are willing to have children together. Today, co-parenting is largely popular among homosexual men and women who want to have children. However, co-parenting also appeals to individuals who want to experience parenthood without the “trouble” of committed, long-term marriage relationships. Normally, co-parent hopefuls browse online databases, looking for another person who would match their interests and personalities. Overall, the premise behind co-parenting is that parenthood does not have to be based on love and commitment, but can instead be founded upon a contract where both parents share child-rearing responsibilities.

christiannews.net

19 Dec 2013
Who Becomes a Surrogate?

There are often “have” and “have not” differentials at play in the surrogate-intended parent relationship. The surrogates already have the ability to create babies; the intended parents have money. They are usually better educated, and far more economically secure. Sometimes these dynamics can create subtle tensions. On a blue-sky afternoon in early November, a few days after Halloween, yellow leaves and a few Reese’s candy wrappers littered the cobblestone sidewalks ringing the Maryland State House. The circa-1772 redbrick, white column Annapolis landmark is the oldest American edifice still in legislative use. Our infertile founding father, George Washington, resigned his military commission here in 1783. Three years later, patriots rallied in the State House to call the thirteen American colonies to assemble for the Constitutional Convention. Another 225 years later, red, white, and blue American flags, as well as Maryland’s black, gold and red ones, fluttered at every window. On the third floor of a small, anonymous office building directly across the street, Sherrie Smith sits behind her desk. She works only a few blocks from the Annapolis wharf, with its rustic “shoppes,” historic landmark buildings, pretty white sailboats and blue-glass water. Close-shaven cadets in black uniforms walk to town from the nearby United States Naval Academy.

theatlantic.com

12 Nov 2013
Babies Born From Donor Sperm Still Big Business

Todd Whitehurst was a young grad student at Stanford when he began donating sperm to pay his way through school. I went about 3.5 years, two or three times a week, said Whitehurst, who estimated he’d raked in more than $12,000. Then six years ago, Whitehurst, 48, married with children and living in Los Gatos, Calif., was contacted by a 14-year-old girl who said she was his daughter and that she had obtained his information from the cryobank he’d visited. My first reaction was just to be stunned, Whitehurst said. I would say I was kind of shocked at first but really happy about it overall. Related: The name behind the number With more than 300 sperm banks expected to rake in a third of $1 billion this year, sperm donation births are a big business in the United States. ABC News learned of at least five individuals who had fathered more than 100 children and one individual who had fathered nearly 200. It’s the wild, wild west of regulation, said Deborah Spar, president of Barnard College and author of The Baby Business. There’s essentially no sheriff in town. There’s virtually no regulation in this area, which has become quite large, quite lucrative and is literally involved in the most intimate area of people’s lives. Sperm banks test for about a half-dozen diseases, including HIV, but there are many more, such as diabetes, that they don’t. There is no genetic testing and there is no limit on the number of children a donor can father, Spar said.

abcnews.go.com

28 Oct 2013
Why I became a sperm donor

Paul van Reyk never wanted to have kids, but he has at least six that he knows of via sperm donation. He tells his story. I don't ever recall wanting to have children. I never had pressure from my family to have children. But here I am with six children I know of and perhaps as many as another dozen I know nothing about - all through private sperm donation. The first donation was the most straightforward. Dianne and I had been in a relationship years before. Early in that relationship it was clear that heterosexuality wasn't for me. We remained friends and agreed that when Diane wanted to have a child she could ask me to be the father. By the time she did, I was in a long-term gay relationship; having sex would have been unnecessarily complicating. So I 'donated'. Mary has always known me, and relates to me as her biological father, and I see her and relate to her as my daughter. In Mary's early years I took an active role in parenting her.

 

stuff.co.nz

03 Oct 2013
Rihanna's Looking to Procreate with a Potential Baby Daddy

Rihanna, who made headlines for behind-the-scenes teases of her stripper-themed video “Pour It Up,” this week, covers the November 2013 issue of Glamour Magazine. Alongside the beautiful shoot, Glamour ran an interview with the Bajan pop star, in which she revealed that her maternal instinct is kicking in. What’s not on her radar? A man to marry, or even coparent with. She said: “One day I will have kids. I look forward to the day when I’m gonna be a mom. But I’m nowhere close. I don’t even have a potential baby daddy!” Whether her comment was made in jest or not, we can all agree she should strive a little higher. Perhaps a relationship with some kind of commitment might appeal to her.

clutchmagonline.com

13 Sep 2013
Surrogate Parenting Agency Owner Ordered to Pay $1.7 Million to Victims

FRESNO, CA—Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii today ordered Tonya Ann Collins, 37, formerly of Modesto, to pay $1,760,090 to victims of her fraud scheme that she carried out through her agency, Surrogenesis USA Inc., United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. According to court documents, from approximately November 2006 through March 2009, Collins defrauded clients of Surrogenesis. Surrogenesis purported to be a surrogate and egg donation agency that assisted individuals with infertility problems in having children through third-party assisted reproduction. Court documents show that Collins used the business accounts for personal purchases, including automobiles, homes, jewelry, clothing, and vacations for herself and others without the clients’ knowledge or consent. Collins used client trust funds that were supposed to be held in escrow accounts to directly pay for her personal purchases. Even though the accounts were drained and various surrogate mother fees and related surrogacy expenses were not paid, Collins continued to solicit new surrogate parent clients and funds. Collins was sentenced on May 13, 2013, and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk E. Sherriff prosecuted the case. fbi.gov

05 Aug 2013
Story of a Surrogate: future outcomes

In the final part of the surrogacy series, Cambridge University senior researcher Dr Vasanti Jadva discusses effects of the process on surrogate mothers and children after the birth and beyond. The definition of surrogacy is one that takes the place of another, a substitute. This week on Mornings, we examined the topic of surrogacy - the process of finding a woman to carry a baby for somebody else. Earlier in the week, we heard from a mother of two, who is currently pregnant as a surrogate for another couple, and one of the intended parents, who will become a mother for the first time in November when the child is born. We've also examined the legal side of surrogacy,

abc.net.au

28 Jun 2013
Sperm Donor Conception: Not a DIY Project!

Several months ago I consulted with a woman and her same-sex partner. I'll refer to them as "Sue" and "Sally." They had a 3-year-old son who was conceived using sperm donated directly to the couple by a close friend named "Stan." Donation and conception took place under friendly circumstances at the women's home. Stan did his part in the privacy of their bathroom, and they promptly used his sperm to create a baby. Voilà, the conception of "Baby X" was confirmed in a matter of weeks. I asked Sue and Sally why they never hired lawyers, and why they asked Stan to donate his sperm in their home. The answer was the same I hear every time I ask this question: They had wanted to keep the relationship and the process "natural" and "informal" so as not to scare Stan.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

01 May 2013
Parenthood by Contract

The Kansas Supreme Court Enforces a Lesbian Co-Parenting Agreement. How does a person acquire the status of legal parent, with the substantial rights and obligations that come with the title? The answer to that question has become complicated, as children now enter the world in a variety of arrangements that may involve more than two adults, reproductive technology, and/or parents of the same sex. A recurring issue in the law is whether a lesbian co-parent—one who functions as a second parent for her partner’s biological child—can acquire parental or quasi-parental rights that allow her to insist on a parent-child relationship after the adult relationship ends.

verdict.justia.com

08 Apr 2013
America: Sperm One of Country's Hottest Exports

Sperm is a hot commodity, and when these sexy swimmers come from American lads they're even more so. The United States may be one of the world's biggest exporters of sperm, according to The Verge. Most of the sperm served up at the Seattle Sperm Bank gets sent overseas to Denmark, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The world's largest sperm bank, California Cryobank, exports 10 percent of its goods internationally.

livescience.com

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