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LOS ANGELES TIMES, An ethics debate over embryos on the cheap

In the cutthroat field of fertility treatments, Dr. Ernest Zeringue sharply cuts costs by creating a single batch of embryos, then divvying it up among several patients. One ‘horrified’ critic calls it the ‘commodification of children.’

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BBC NEWS, Australia child protection agency probes Gammy’s father

Child protection services in Australia are investigating a man accused of abandoning a baby with Down’s syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand over allegations of child sex offences.

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NEW YORK TIMES, A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

Rudy Rupak, the founder of Planet Hospital, a medical tourism company based in California, was never shy about self-promotion.

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THE DAILY BEAST, The Rent-a-Womb Boom

They’ve been called “baby factories,” conjuring up images of poor, illiterate women packed into bunks and forced by their husbands to bear surrogate children for Westerners. And they make up a vital industry in India—since 2002, when surrogacy was legalized in the country, a U.N.-backed study estimates that the surrogacy business has raked in more than $400 million a year.

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CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT, Pain, Profit, and Third-Party Conception

The day after Stephanie Blessing learned she had been conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor and that the man she knew and loved as her father for 32 years was not her father, she went into shock. She remembers sitting in her rocking chair, staring into space. It was so bad, her husband had to remind her to do something as basic as changing their baby’s diaper.

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THE DAILY SIGNAL, How Surrogacy Can Create Victims

A baby born to a surrogate mother Wednesday entered the world amid a messy custody battle.

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MOTHER JONES, Inside India’s Rent-a-Womb Business

From its pockmarked exterior walls and stark interior, you’d never guess that the pink three-story building tucked in a narrow alley a few blocks from the train station in the fast-growing city of Anand houses India’s most successful surrogate childbirth business. But this is the place they raved about on Oprah.

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THE PUBLIC DISCOURSE, Surrogates and their Discontents

Meet Cathleen: a twenty-year-old from New Brunswick, Canada, who served as a surrogate mother of twins for an infertile British couple. Twenty-seven weeks into the pregnancy, Cathleen was informed—via text message—that the couple was divorcing and would no longer need the children she had been carrying for them.

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ALETEIA, Sherri Shepherd’s Surrogate Baby

“I hope that my character and my integrity will scream louder,” Sherri Shepherd said in a recent interview with Us magazine. “There’s always someone worse off than you. You have to really sit down and be thankful for the things that you have.”

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NEW YORK TIMES, Coming to the U.S. for a Baby, and Womb to Carry It

At home in Lisbon, a gay couple invited friends over to a birthday celebration, and at the end of the evening shared a surprise — an ultrasound image of their baby, moving around in the belly of a woman in Pennsylvania being paid to carry their child.

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