Cambodian Ministry of Health Bans Surrogate Pregnancy

Cambodia

The health minister has banned surrogate pregnancy arrangements in the country, putting the brakes on what appeared to be a quickly expanding—if controversial—industry. The move comes just days after the justice minister called for the practice to be outlawed.

Addressing representatives of Cambodia’s medical community during a meeting at the Health Ministry on Monday, Health Minister Mam Bunheng announced a ban on surrogacy, according to staff from a Phnom Penh fertility clinic who were present.

The ban is among other measures outlined in a new prakas on the management of blood, ovum, marrow and human cells that Mr. Bunheng approved last week.international surrogacy

“Surrogacy, one of a set of services to have a baby by assisted reproductive technology, is completely banned,” says the proclamation, dated October 24.

It also bans commercial sperm donation and requires clinics and specialist doctors providing in vitro fertilization services to receive permission from the ministry.

Experts estimate up to 50 surrogacy providers and brokers are operating in Cambodia, many of which moved their businesses here in response to other countries in Asia—including India, Nepal and Thailand—either tightening regulations around the practice or banning it outright.

It remained unclear if surrogacy providers would be granted a grace period to make alternate arrangements, what measures would be taken to enforce compliance, and the implications for women who are currently pregnant—and would-be parents on the other side of the transaction.

Spokesmen for the Health Ministry and Justice Ministry could not be reached on Wednesday.

In August, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs met with members of government and health organizations to discuss its response to reports that surrogacy agents were flocking to the country. Late last month, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana called for a ban on surrogacy, describing it as a form of human “trading.”

by  November 3, 2016

The post Cambodian Ministry of Health Bans Surrogate Pregnancy appeared first on Time For Families.

Source: Time for Families

Zach Wahls

An Afternoon with Gay Rights Advocate Zach Wahls.

Activist, Entrepreneur, and Author of “My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength and What Makes a Family”


Zach Wahls

The latest internet hero is Zach Wahls, a 19 year old University of Iowa Engineering student and Eagle Scout whose parents are lesbians. Wahls gave a three-minute speech before Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions.

See the ABC News story on Zach at: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/zach-wahls-son-lesbians-speech-anti-gay-legislators/story?id=12832200





Matthew Shurka & Nathan Schaefer

A Conversation For Ending ‘Conversion Therapy’ and Bringing Love and Acceptance to the LGBT Community with Friends and Family.

Guest Speakers Matthew Shurka and Nathan Schaefer


Matthew Shurka

Everything you would want to know about Matthew can be summed up in his autobiographical post on the I’m From Driftwood website.

Read his remarkable post titled, “Mathew Shurka Forgives His Father After Enduring Years of Conversion Therapy.”

 

 

Nathan Schaefer

Nathan Schaefer is the Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation. In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s staff across the state and is responsible for advancing equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers via the various facets of both organizations. Nathan has ushered the Pride Agenda through to several accomplishments during his tenure, including the roll out of a new brand and online presence, unprecedented support to secure civil rights for transgender New Yorkers and a leadership role on two new initiatives, protections for families with advocacy for the passage of the Child-Parent Security Act and a bill to protect LGBT youth from “therapy” practices that attempt to change who they are.

Prior to his tenure at the Pride Agenda, he served as the Director of Public Policy for GMHC, as well as Government Relations Associate at AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, D.C., and the Director of Education and Public Policy at the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland, OH. Nathan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH and earned his Masters of Social Work in the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.