Surrogacy

  1. Gay man fights to get Namibia to recognise his twins

    Esther Ogola

    Women's affairs reporter, BBC News

    A Namibian high court is to decide whether a gay man can return home with his twin daughters, who were born to a surrogate mother in neighbouring South Africa.

    Phillip Lühl says in an Instagram post that his daughters are stateless after Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs refused to issue emergency travel authorisation papers for them last week.

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    Under South Africa’s surrogacy laws, a child born to a surrogate mother takes the citizenship of its parents.

    In this case, the twins’ South African birth certificates recognise Mr Lühl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado, as the parents.

    In a sworn affidavit, Mr Lühl says the home affairs ministry asked him to prove that the children were his.

    He believes this was done because of his same-sex marriage, a move he believes is discriminatory.

    Moreover, he says, the Namibian constitution does not require a biological link for citizenship by descent between parents and their children.

    Same-sex relationships are illegal in Namibia, though those involved in one are not prosecuted.

    There are also no specific legal guidelines regarding surrogacy in Namibia.

    Activists have planned a march outside the high court on Thursday to protest at what they say is inequality against members of LGBTQ community.

  2. Waiting for selection

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    Video caption: Surrogate Jemma discovers a couple she would like to help become parents.
  3. The phone call

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    Video caption: Jordan announces Caitlin's decision to be a surrogate for her boss, Kate.
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    Video caption: Surrogacy could help Newport single man his own 'little mini-me'

    Stephen Dyer is 34 and single but hopes to become a father using a surrogate.

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    Video caption: Southampton father calls for surrogacy law to reflect paternity

    One of the UK's first single men to have a surrogate baby is not listed on his birth certificate.

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    Video caption: Surrogacy: New parents being banned from the birth

    A surrogate mother and parent share their birth experience while faced with Covid-19 restrictions

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    Video caption: Couple finally meet son born to surrogate mother

    In Ukraine, efforts are continuing to unite newborn babies born to surrogate mothers with their biological parents.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Surrogate babies stranded in Ukraine

    Babies born to surrogate mothers are stuck in Ukraine due to coronavirus lockdown measures.

  9. Lockdown could keep cancer mum from baby's birth

    A St Andrews mother-to-be could be prevented from being at the birth of her first child.

    Olivia Rowlands and her husband Sam are expecting a baby girl in July.

    The baby is being carried by her cousin, Ellie Hutchinson, after treatment for bowel cancer left Olivia unable to go through pregnancy.

    But lockdown means many of the precious moments of the pregnancy have been experienced by video and the new parents may not be able to be at the birth.

    Ellie Hutchinson (centre) is carrying her cousin Olivia's baby which is due in July
    Image caption: Ellie Hutchinson (centre) is carrying her cousin Olivia's baby which is due in July