Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Exploring Surrogacy for Second Baby

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Exploring Surrogacy for Second Baby

In news today it is clear that Kim Kardashian & Kanye West are having trouble having their second child – a heartbreak for anyone no matter who you are.  But, they are considering the option of using a surrogate mother, as IVF has not yet worked for them at this point.

According to US Weekly,

There are a lot of ways to grow a family, and Kim Kardashian isn’t ruling out any of them. After unsuccessfully trying for a year to get pregnant again, the reality star is exploring other options with husband Kanye West — including surrogacy, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly

“Kim has been undergoing IVF,” the insider tells Us of Kardashian, 34, who welcomed daughter North West, 23 months, in June 2013, after a dramatic, difficult delivery. “It’s causing problems with her body.”…

Indeed, as Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans saw on a recent episode, the star had to undergo a procedure to “clear something out of [her] uterus.” And on the May 31 show, she’ll reveal that an implanted embryo did not take.
Read more here about how Kim & Kanye may be going the surrogate route in order to expand their family.
Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options LGBT News: Egg Donors, Sperm Donors & LGBT Families Achieve Fairness in New California Bill AB 960

Conceptual Options LGBT News: Egg Donors, Sperm Donors & LGBT Families Achieve Fairness in New California Bill AB 960

The Equal Protection for All Families Act, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu and co-sponsored by Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Our Family Coalition, passed the California Assembly May 18 with unanimous support. The bill updates California assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are protected equally under California law.

Conceptual Options applauds the efforts of Assemblymember David Chiu and those sponsoring this bill to ensure fairness to egg donors, sperm donors and the families that they help create in the great state of California.

According to LGBT Weekly,

AB 960, the Equal Protection For All Families Act, updates the state’s assisted reproduction laws to ensure all couples using assisted reproduction are fully recognized as parents as intended. Specifically, AB 960 would allow unmarried people using assisted reproduction to be fully recognized as parents on the same terms as married parents. Further, this bill would remove the requirement from family law that couples must involve a doctor when using assisted reproduction in order to ensure that the donor is not recognized as a parent. AB 960 also provides clear direction for how egg donors should be treated under California law. These important changes in the law will increase access to family building options by eliminating economic barriers.

Read more here about AB 960.

Conceptual Options LGBT News: AB 960

Conceptual Options LGBT News: AB 960

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Surrogacy is a hot topic by itself, but when you add religion to the mix it’s like a blazing inferno. This is because many religions are against Surrogacy. For example, in the Catholic religion, it is generally not permitted because it is considered to be against God’s will. While in other religions, such as the Jewish religion, it is generally not considered to be against God’s will and is not shameful to talk about.

Everyone has their own religious views, and they are absolutely entitled to them. And when it comes to the topic of Surrogacy, everyone is also entitled to his or her feelings and views on it. Yet, religious beliefs and other people’s views on the subject of Surrogacy should never be the reason that a person or a family does not fulfill their dream to have a family, especially because those people are not the ones who have to live their lives feeling incomplete or as if their family is missing a piece. Additionally, those people do not consult you when they decide to have a child, and you do not scoff when they tell you that they are going to be adding to their family, so why should they be able to judge you for using a different method to have a child?

Besides, most religions are about forgiveness and family and not judging others, so don’t you think that God or Allah or another higher power would forgive a person or a family who decided to use Surrogacy to complete their family and make them whole by using Surrogacy to have a child. After all, generally speaking children in all religions are considered to be the greatest gift and ought to be cherished.  These children are the next generation who will carry on your teachings and beliefs.  Without children to carry on the beliefs of a religion, that religion would eventually die out because there would be no one to carry on its teachings.

Thus, when it comes to having a child through Surrogacy, do speak to your Rabbi, Priest, Pastor, etc. to understand what your religion feels about Surrogacy. But when it comes down to it, you are the one that has to choose whether or not to have a child using Surrogacy and that will be a decision that you personally will have to deal with for the rest of your life. Your Pastor, Priest, or Rabbi is not the one that will have to deal with that decision, you will. And remember, generally religions preach forgiveness, and if having a child through Surrogacy is what makes you or your family whole you have to believe that you with find forgiveness from your higher power.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

 

 

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: German Grandmother Pregnant with Quadruplets

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: German Grandmother Pregnant with Quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman is set to become the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

According toBioNews,

Annegret Raunigk, a language teacher and mother of 13, went to a Ukrainian fertility clinic to undergo treatment using donated gametes because egg donation is illegal in Germany. It took over a year and a half to conceive and she is now in her 21st week of pregnancy, reports RTL.

In an interview with the German news broadcaster, Raunigk dismissed questions over whether her age would make caring for four infants difficult. ‘I’m healthy now, why wouldn’t I be in five years time?’ she said.

Raunigk also said she was not concerned about being judged by others. Although she did not say in the interview exactly why she decided to have more children, RTL quoted her as explaining that it was because her youngest daughter wanted a new brother or sister.

Raunigk’s oldest child is 44 and her youngest is nine years old – a birth that made headlines in Germany at the time. She also has seven grandchildren. Her children have five different fathers.

What are your thoughts?  Is 65 too old?  Who decides the age that is appropriate?

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & IVF News

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & IVF News

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy Agency News: Hawaii Legislation Needs Work for Same Sex and Single Families

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy Agency News: Hawaii Legislation Needs Work for Same Sex and Single Families

Hawaii is one of the few states that cover IVF for families; however, the current legislation only applies to married, heterosexual couples.  With so many others being left out, legislation is now being introduced that will close that gap.

According to the Associated Press,

…same-sex couples and single women are left out because the coverage rules only apply to married, heterosexual couples. That’s because the Hawaii law states that a patient’s eggs must be fertilized by her spouse.

Advocates are calling the practice discriminatory. They’re hoping to change the law.

A bill is pending in the Hawaii Legislature that would remove the spousal sperm requirement.

The infertility association Resolve says Maryland and Arkansas have similar coverage mandates for heterosexual couples. An effort to update Maryland’s law passed the Legislature but hasn’t yet been signed into law by the governor.

Barbara Collura of Resolve says Hawaii’s law desperately needs to be updated.

Read more here about current Hawaii IVF Legislation.

Conceptual Options Hawaii IVF Legislation

Conceptual Options Hawaii IVF Legislation

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: Sofia Vergara and the Great Embryo Debate

Conceptual Options IVF & Surrogacy News: Sofia Vergara and the Great Embryo Debate

Apparently, Sophia Vergara from the show Modern Families is now being sued by her ex-fiancee, Nick Loeb, over the disposition of their remaining two frozen embryos.

According to CNN,

She’s one of the hottest and most successful Latinas in Hollywood, but now Sofia Vergara is playing defense in a legal battle initiated by her ex-fiance: He wants to keep the two frozen embryos from their relationship, both female…

Loeb is suing the Colombian-born actress in Los Angeles to prevent Vergara from destroying their two embryos conceived through in vitro fertilization in November 2013, according to published reports by New York Daily News and In Touch magazine.

The lawsuit cited by the two publications, however, lists the plaintiff as “Joe Doe” and the defendant as “Jane Doe.” The suit doesn’t identify the names of the actual litigants.

According to the legal paperwork, the ex-couple had already used two surrogate mothers, one being a close friend of Jane Doe’s, in an attempt to have children.

However, neither of the implantations was successful….

Owen says the lawsuit reportedly filed by Loeb will now open new issues, and a California court will have to decide to whom the embryos belong.

“These embryos are not inside her body,” he said. “They are in a nitrogen tank in a clinic in Beverly Hills, so there the Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri vs. Danforth case cannot be used by the Sofia Vergara team to allege that the (embryos) would present some danger to her health as they did in that case.”

Read more here about Sofia Vergara and the Great Embryo Debate.

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Sofia Vergara & Embryo Debate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Fertility News: Egg Freezing – a Dilemma or a Gift?

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Fertility News: Egg Freezing – a Dilemma or a Gift?

Egg freezing certainly seems like an option for many women who want to put off their child bearing years while they further their career – which is why we have seen some big companies offering that as a benefit to their employees, like Facebook and Apple.

However, is egg freezing the wonder drug of sorts to extend our fertility?  We found this interesting article on Nautilus entitled Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice, and we thought you would enjoy.

Last fall, I went to an egg freezing cocktail hour. The downstairs bar of the glossy SoHo hotel was thronged with women in heels and sleek business attire. Club music thumped, cameras flashed, and I narrowly missed being hit by a videographer angling a tripod over the crowd. The evening was hosted by Eggbanxx, a startup that sells financing for egg freezing, framed as fertility insurance for the forward-thinking urban professional woman.

At the bar, where they were serving up free “Banxxtini” cocktails, I spoke with a 27-year-old who was “95 percent sure” she would freeze her eggs and a 36-year-old data scientist who claimed to be “skeptical.” Together, we filed into a screening room adjoining the bar, where three New York-area endocrinologists lectured us on a new technique that, they claimed, could freeze our reproductive chances in time. Female fertility declines sharply at 37, due to a decline in the quantity and quality of eggs. But when women use fresh eggs from a young donor in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle—a process in which fresh eggs are harvested from the donor, fertilized, and transferred to the uterus—live birth rates rise across ages to 56 percent.1 Now, thanks to a new freezing technology, women could become their own future egg donors, rather than relying on the fresh eggs of another, younger donor. “It’s good to be empowered as a woman,” beamed Janelle Luk, a doctor at Neway Fertility.

Read more here about Why Egg Freezing is an Impossible Choice.

Conceptual Options  & Egg Freezing

Conceptual Options & Egg Freezing

 

Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

Conceptual Options IVF News: How One Woman Judged Other Women Using IVF

We just found this deeply touching article in Time magazine that explains how one woman chose to go through IVF so soon after her mother died of cancer.  In fact, she also talks about the stigma that goes along with IVF by describing her own judgment against those using IVF.

According to Times Magazine and Beth Ford Roth,

Word gets around when you’ve had IVF, and I often get asked for advice from friends, and friends of friends, whether in vitro is really worth it – worth the steep price tag, the physical pain, the emotional roller coaster. Despite my less than ideal experience with IVF, I tell these women it is their opportunity to take control of their bodies and their desire for a family.

I cringe at the thought of how judgmental I used to be toward women who had their children through IVF. In my 20s, I viewed celebrities as terribly selfish to undergo expensive fertility treatments when (I believed) there were so many adoptable babies who needed homes.

But there are no guarantees with adoption. A birth mother can change her mind. With international adoption (an avenue we pursued for a year) timetables change and foreign governments can alter the rules in the middle of the process. There’s also the completely natural desire to have a child that carries on your family’s traits. I often dreamed that my baby would have my mother’s warm, cat-shaped brown eyes, or my husband’s fierce intellect.

It is funny how experience changes one’s perspective.

Read more here about Beth Ann Roth and her past judgment against IVF.

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options IVF News

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Their Controversial Views

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Their Controversial Views

Italian designers, Dolce and Gabbana caused quite a stir this week when they were quoted as saying that children should only be created out of love between a man and a woman and that children created via IVF and surrogacy were synthetic. In fact, the quote is detailed here,

“You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that’s how it should be,” Dolce said. “I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”

And Elton John, Madonna and many others celebs have fired back at their “archaic thinking.”  John stated the following,

“How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,'” John wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children.”

What do you think?  Do they all have the right to give their opinions?  Is a boycott in order?  Elton John certainly thinks so.

Read more here about the boycott heard around the world.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News - Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Synthetic Babies

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News – Dolce and Gabbana Boycott for Synthetic Babies

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation Agency News: Ireland Moves to Ban Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency & Egg Donation Agency News: Ireland Moves to Ban Surrogacy

According to BioNews,

The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced there will be new draft legislation to regulate surrogacy in Ireland – five months after surrogacy provisions proposed in January last year were dropped from a Bill currently before the Oireachtas.

The proposals will form part of broader draft legislation on assisted conception to be introduced at a later date and include a simpler process for transferring parentage, as well as a ban on commercial surrogacy. There is currently no legislation regulating surrogacy in Ireland and intended mothers must adopt children born through surrogacy to become their legal parents, even if they use their own eggs.

Under the proposals, the birth mother will continue to be automatically listed on the child’s birth certificate, but the courts will be able to transfer parentage to the child’s genetic parents and the birth cert re-issued. The birth mother may retract her consent to transfer parentage anytime up until the point of transfer.

The proposals also include penalties for commercial surrogacy but will not disentitle the genetic child of two Irish parents the right to citizenship, even if they have used surrogacy services abroad. The fact that parents may engage in commercial surrogacy in another country is ‘not the fault of the child’, said Varadkar. He explained that penalties will apply to ‘middle men and the agents’ of commercial surrogacy.

Read more here about Ireland to ban surrogacy.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Ireland

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Ireland