Thursday, January 24, 2013

[United Kingdom] - Gay Father and Businessman Calls for UK Surrogacy Reform - Scott Roberts - Pink News

Pink News is reporting that one of the UK's best known surrogacy dads, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, has called for reform of the surrogacy laws to allow commercial surrogacy.  Drewitt-Barlow founded the "British Surrogacy Centre" with his partner Tony in 2011.  This call for reform is not just limited to the United Kingdom with recent similar calls being made in Australia by Surrogacy Australia.

To read more about this latest call for reform to allow commercial surrogacy in the UK, please click here.

This issue is also covered in Metro News in a more detailed article (click here).

"In a study published last week, Eric Blyth, professor of social work at the University of Huddersfield, warned that both intended parents and surrogate mothers overseas are in danger of being exploited unless authorities in Britain regulate the practice more closely."

The study. co-authored by Eric Blyth, referred to is available here.

Eric Blyth – Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, and based at its Centre for Applied Childhood Studies – is co-author of The changing face of surrogacy in the UK, an article which charts the rapid increase in the numbers of surrogate births over the past six years.  It warns that as surrogacy becomes more socially acceptable, there is a risk that more people will make informal arrangements that lack professional back-up. 

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