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Surrogacy news: Pregnant surrogate gets pregnant again

Surrogacy is a truly wonderful process that gives couples who cannot or medically should not conceive the ability to bring children into this world.  For the surrogate, she is able to help a couple in a way that few can – by carrying a child for them – while the couple gets to become parents.

“No woman in the world should have to live their life without experiencing the love and the bond from a mother and a child,” one surrogate said to ABC News, in talking about her thinking behind wanting to carry a child for another couple.

Same sex couple denied deduction for surrogacy medical expenses

While tax season is still a few months away, for those spending money on costly medical procedures, the question of just what is going to be deductible is always looming in the background.

For tax purposes, the Internal Revenue Service allows for the deduction of medical expenses for procedures used to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent. The specific rule is that you can deduct the dollar amount for unreimbursed medical expenses that goes beyond 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. For example, if you make $90,000 a year, you can deduct anything that goes above $9,000 in unreimbursed medical expenses.

Recent case examines parental rights issue

Same-sex couples often need to go through the adoption process when they wish to start a family. Since so many states lack adequate protections of the parental rights of these couples, adoption is one way for the parents to ensure that they will be able to spend time with the child in the event that the relationship ends.

From time to time, we come across cases from other states that highlight some of the difficulties that same-sex couples encounter when trying to adopt a child. A recent case out of Nevada shows exactly what can happen when things do not go according to plan.

Understanding the basics of embryo adoption

The time leading up to starting or expanding your family is exciting. For those looking to bring a child into this world through embryo donation, you will likely have a number of questions as you look further into starting the process.  In this post, we hope to provide you with some basic information about embryo donation.

Kim Kardashian's infertility sheds light on gestational surrogacy

Infertility is more common than most people realize. For those couples learning they cannot conceive or carry a child, it can feel like you are alone in the world. However, the truth is that literally millions of men and women in the U.S. are experiencing infertility.

Celebrity Kim Kardashian recently went public with her own infertility. Due to medical complications with two previous pregnancies, her doctor has advised her against trying to carry another child. To expand their family, she and husband Kanye West are planning to have a gestational carrier (surrogate) carry their child for them.

Recent case examines parental rights issue

Same-sex couples often need to go through the adoption process when they wish to start a family. Since so many states lack adequate protections of the parental rights of these couples, adoption is one way for the parents to ensure that they will be able to spend time with the child in the event that the relationship ends.

From time to time, we come across cases from other states that highlight some of the difficulties that same-sex couples encounter when trying to adopt a child. A recent case out of Nevada shows exactly what can happen when things do not go according to plan.

New surrogacy law in D.C. helps parents-to-be

Surrogacy is a highly debated and contested topic in many legislatures across the country. Despite conservative opposition based primarily on religious objections and extremely rare bad outcomes in the U.S., more and more states are proposing bills that would appropriately allow and regulate compensated surrogacy.

In fact, since the rush to ban surrogacy after a traditional surrogacy (in which the surrogate uses her own egg via artificial insemination) gone bad in 1987 (In re Baby M. New Jersey), the reality is that nearly 20 states have since allowed and/or regulated compensated surrogacy through either affirmative legislation, favorable appellate court decisions, or related laws that exempt surrogacy from adoption statutes. (Click here to see the various state laws that apply to surrogacy.)

Another case highlights parental rights of same-sex couples

We have discussed many instances of same-sex parents who have seen challenges to their parental rights because of gaps in current state laws. When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, it changed the way that states interpreted laws regarding marriage. These changes have had a major impact for many couples, and have led to uncertainty about custody when relationships come to an end.

A recent case out of Arizona again emphasizes the challenges that face same-sex parents. This case involves two women who were married in California, where gay marriage was legal, and then moved to Arizona, where the courts had not yet recognized such marriages.

Things to know about surrogacy in Minnesota

Minnesota currently has no law in effect to regulate or govern surrogacy. Because of this, surrogacy has become a visible issue in the state legislature. Currently, legislators are considering a new bill that would reasonably regulate both the surrogacy process itself and the individuals who are participating in the process - including both surrogates and intended parents.

The bill has received a lot of attention from various groups throughout the state, many who support surrogacy and some who strenuously oppose the practice. In this post, we want to address some aspects of surrogacy that participants in the process should consider before resorting to the surrogacy process to start a family. 

Changes being considered that would impact the parental rights of same sex couples considering using artificial insemination

We have talked a lot on this blog about the many challenges that same sex couples face when they attempt to assert their parental rights. Because the laws vary so drastically from state to state, these parents must take additional measures to make sure that their rights are protected in the event that their relationship or marriage ends.

In some states, legislatures continue to discuss changes to laws that would make it more difficult for same sex partners to start a family. For example, in Tennessee, the legislature is currently considering a new law that would greatly impact the rights of same sex parents in the state. 

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