Friday Legal Updates – Surrogacy Legal Battles, Federal Suit Blocking Embryos Research, & Sperm “Brokers”

Good Morning and TGIF to all! Hope you are well. Morning radio show starts in about an hour, so here are your Friday Legal Updates. They are mostly international stories with a federal law suit just filed also added. Enjoy!

United States – Federal Law Suit Filed to block federally funded human embryo reserach. “A group of plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to “enjoin and overturn the controversial guidelines for public funding of embryonic stem cell research that the National Institutes of Health issued on July 7, 2009,” according to a press statement….”

It will be interesting to watch this suit play out. What are your thoughts on stem cell research?

http://www.jillstanek.com/archives/2009/08/breaking_news_f_3.html

UK – Two directors of a fertility company appeared in court yesterday accused of illegally delivering sperm to women by courier. They are to appear in court next month. This is a test case under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of “procuring sperm”. They face two years in jail.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/08/20/two-sperm-brokers-on-fertility-rap-115875-21609978/

Australia – A couple must battle the courts to adopt their own son. I blogged on this case already, but I wanted to repost as I really feel for this couple. Grandma carried her grandson for her daughter. Apparently, surrogacy law in NSW has not kept up with science.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25910711-421,00.html

Poland – A surrogate mother is fighting for custody of the child that she gave birth to for another couple from Warsaw. Polish law does not regulate surrogacy, and despite a written agreement, this looks like a battle for this couple with their gestational carrier.

http://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/press/artykul113111_surrogate_mom_fighting_for_rights.html

Uruguay – Uruguay is one step closer to becoming the first country in Latin America to permit same-sex couples to adopt children. Uruguay had authorized same-sex civil unions last year.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/08/27/uruguay.gays/index.html?iref=newssearch

New Zealand – Parents of surrogate born daughter battle to bring her home from Thailand. The couple is heartbroken as the little girl is the daughter of the Thai surrogate in New Zealand, but the couple are her parents in Thailand. The couple claims to sought legal advice, but this unfortunately looks like another issue with fertility tourism in certain countries.

http://www.3news.co.nz/defaultStrip.aspx?tabid=213&articleID=118792

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