Cheers to the powerful 2nd Surrogacy Forum 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark! Snapshots from this inspiring, informative, and sometimes sobering gathering with updates and reports from experts worldwide. In these challenging times it feels more important than ever to work harder, stay involved, show leadership, and blaze trails in the spirit of building families. It’s what we’re about, and will fight for. #ABA
Around 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in 6 worldwide – experience infertility, showing the urgent need for affordable, high-quality fertility care, according to the World Health Organization. But, since infertility treatment is usually excluded from comprehensive insurance coverage in the US, the majority of those people just cannot afford it. Infertility alone can cause significant distress and stigma. Combined with the financial hardship of paying for infertility treatment, mental and psychosocial well-being is at an increased risk.
Thankfully, larger US employers are starting to add fertility benefits to lure and retain staff. About 54% of the biggest U.S. employers covered IVF in 2022. Some businesses — but by no means many — aren’t limiting it to “infertility” and offering comparable benefits to same sex and single prospective parents.
About half the states in the US have laws mandating coverage of fertility treatments. Colorado became the latest state to have a fertility mandate at the beginning of this year. In California, Senator Caroline Menjivar introduced a bill that would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that is issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and fertility services (Senate Bill 729).
Prosective parents are thinking outside the box to pay for IVF, surrogacy, and other treatment. GoFundMe, funds instead of wedding gifts, and loans are ways to afford the costs. Some non-profit groups such as Baby Quest Foundation, RESOLVE, the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, and Men Having Babies are addressing the need as well.
Creating a family takes a village, both financially and emotionally. Proper insurance coverage for fertility treatments — and mental health — must be addressed for the health of our families.
The World Health Organization issued a report this week showing approximately 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in 6 worldwide – experience infertility. The statistics were roughly the same regardless of geographic area and economic status.
For those with the resources and access, egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy are available solutions. In the US, there are limited grants available through organizations such as Resolve.
Infertility is a disease of the male or female reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse
Find the WHO report here: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/978920068315
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.