Three woman have plead guilty to paying women to
travel overseas to be implanted with embryos created from the sperm
and egg of donors. Once a woman reaches the second trimester of
pregnancy, prosecutors claim the defendants would "shop" the babies
by falsely telling couples that the original intended parents in
this surrogacy arrangement had backed out and new parents were
needed. The new couple would then be charged between $100,000 to
$150,000 to adopt the baby. More info can be found in these
articles from Huffington Post and The San Diego News. The FBI warns those seeking
surrogacy to research the cost of surrogacy service, to make sure
that there is a signed agreement in place before any medical tests
or procedures, to be wary of last-minute surrogacy arrangements,
and, if possible, to work with a local attorney or agency that you
feel comfortable with and can meet with in person.
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