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For the first time this campaign also targets many of the clinic’s same-sex parents, for whom regulatory obstacles previously made the process of donating unused embryos close to impossible. The clinic streamlined the logistics and regulatory compliance process and instituted a non-anonymous donation option that for the first time opens the door to donations from gay parents, and makes the process easier for all...
Penny Wong showed her newborn to the world yesterday. Baby Alexandra, weighing 7.1lbs, was conceived from a donor known to the couple, and carried by Wong's partner. Her birth comes a week after Finance Minister Wong backed the Labor Party's stance on marriage equality. While same-sex marriages have yet to be legalized, gay people throughout Australia have celebrated Labor's support. And it has led to the resignation from the party of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's sister - Loree Rudd - who said she could not work for a party that endorsed gays marrying.
Sara Gilbert (36), co-host and executive producer of The Talk, is reportedly dating rock musician/songwriter Linda Perry. Gilbert's recently out of a 9-year relationship with TV producer Allison Adler. They have two children - a son, Levi Hank, born to Adler in October 2004, and a daughter, Sawyer, born to Gilbert on August 2, 2007. Perry has been dating Cybill Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford since 2009. In addition to her own solo work, Perry has written hits for stars including Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani.
The Reproductive Science Center of New England presented the results of a review of their services to lesbian couples during an annual gathering of reproductive specialists. “Societal views and attitudes toward same-sex couples and their families are evolving,” explains Donna Cunningham of the RSCNE. “More female couples are seeking treatment through IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Reports from Hollywood suggest that the film The Kids Are All Right is being developed as an hour-long series by HBO. Lisa Cholodenko, who co-wrote and directed the feature film, will write the pilot script. The story line will continue the adventures of the five main characters. They were the same-sex moms, their son and daughter, and the biological father of the kids/sperm donor who surfaces. Deals are still being worked out, but Cholodenko will be executive producer alongside the film’s original producers.
Zach Wahls (pic), an engineering student at the University of Iowa, spoke to an audience about his experience growing up with two moms at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently. Wahls said his biological mother Terry conceived him by artificial insemination by Donor 1033, "a 6-foot-6 pianist." Though Wahls thinks it would be "cool" to meet his biological father, he says he has no interest in developing a relationship with him. He compared meeting his biological father to an adopted child meeting their biological parents - they didn't raise the child.
Canada may soon legally restrict how many children can be born from a single donor’s semen. There's concern for the unusual spread of genetic malformations and the risk of inadvertent incest between biological brothers and sisters. The U.S. has no legal limits and it's reported that one donor may have 150 offspring. Although Canadian medical groups already recommend restrictions in the number of pregnancies per donor, legislation is needed to ensure sperm banks and their suppliers follow the proper limits, said Juliet Guichon, a bio-ethics professor at the Unviersity of Calgary.
Results of a survey conducted on GayIVF.com, yielded an overwhelming 72% “yes” in response to the question: Does marriage make a difference for same-sex couples raising children?. “Marriage absolutely makes a difference. It is public and civic validation of the central relationship in the home,” wrote one respondent. Those who aren't already parents were asked by what means they planned to have children.
The American Fertility Association (The AFA) will host Family Building Tents at Gay Pride Festivals nationally in June to recognize and support Gay Pride Month. The AFA will debut its new LGBT Handbook at the events. The Handbook provides answers and insights to those wishing to start families. Topics include information on surrogacy and egg donation for gay men, fertility treatments for lesbians, and adoption for transgender individuals. There are sections on working with known and anonymous donors, reproductive attorneys, donor and surrogacy agencies, and IVF clinics.