New York may be on its way to being surrogacy-friendly.

New York State does not allow paid surrogacy. But, that hasn’t prevented 1,000s of people from pursuing surrogacy in other states and countries. Couples usually return to NY with their parental rights already finalized. However, for gay couples who pursue surrogacy in India, the non-biological father must undergo a step-parent adoption of the child back in NY. How did NY deal with this issue? In a recent court decision, the judge allowed a co-parent to adopt the child he and his partner brought about through a paid surrogacy arrangement even though it would have been illegal in NY. Hopefully, this will help lead the path to surrogacy-friendly legislation.

California is the friendliest state: A 1993 case, Johnson v. Calvert, ruled that paid surrogacy arrangements are legal and the intended parents of a child are the sole legal parents.

Read more here.

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins. – Josh Billings

Do you know one out of every 30 babies born is a twin? Thanks to older mothers (who naturally tend to have multiples), IVF, and fertility drugs, there are 1,009,337 extra twins now than in 1981. That’s a lot of double buggies! (The Atlantic)

 (Computed from CDC data/Alexis Madrigal).

(Computed from CDC data/Alexis Madrigal).

Chinese seek US surrogates

A growing number of Chinese are turning to the US for surrogacy and egg donation. China bans surrogacy, as well as the country’s birth limits. NPR looks into it.

There was a rush to conceive children earlier this year — the Year of the Horse — which, according to the Chinese zodiac, is especially auspicious for boys.

Spain ranked the most LGBT-Friendly Country

People in 40 countries were asked if homosexuality is acceptable. Only 6% of Spaniards answered “Unacceptable”. Madrid will host the World Gay Pride event in 2017.

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Image Credit: Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project

Gay marriage being decided this week in Oregon

This week, Oregon will decide if same-sex couples will have the right to marry.

Here’s where we are now as a country:

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Dwindling Eggs

Women are born with seven million eggs, which is reduced to 400,000 at puberty. In a woman’s lifetime, approximately 400-500 eggs will ovulate. Ovarian reserve declines as a woman ages, with egg supply taking a rapid decline in the late 20s and again in the 30s, particularly after 35. Pregnancy rates in the early 30s are 15 percent, then decline to 10 percent after 35 and 5 percent over 40.

Illuminations LA 2014

Meyers & O’Hara is a Friend Sponsor of this year’s Illuminations

We congratulate Dr. David Hill and all the honorees!