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Men Having Babies' Gay Parenting Assistance Program Expanded to Help Prospective Surrogacy Dads with Discounts on Fertility Medications

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Substantial savings now available to eligible prospective parents for each surrogacy journey based on support from EMD Serono.

June 18, 2016: Men Having Babies (MHB) Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) announced today that EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in the U.S. and Canada, will provide eligible prospective gay parents with up to a 75% discount on select fertility medications for use by their surrogates when redeemed at an EMD Serono participating pharmacy.

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GPAP annually provides dozens of prospective parents with over a million dollars worth of cash grants, discounts and free services from more than fifty leading service providers. “GPAP was created to promote affordable surrogacy services for gay men, the first such program to do so,” said Ron Poole-Dayan, the executive director of Men Having Babies. “In the last two years more than 300 couples became eligible for substantial discounts off the cost of surrogacy services, and more than 40 couples have received direct Stage II financial assistance, including grants and free service. Ten babies were already born to Stage II couples, and many more are on their way.”

“Our mission at EMD Serono is to advocate for people who want to have a child,” said Craig Millian, Sr. Vice President, US Fertility & Endocrinology at EMD Serono. “We are excited to be the first manufacturer to provide financial assistance, in the form of discounted medicine, directly to the gay community. Most importantly, we are thrilled to work with Men Having Babies to try to help more and more people build families.”

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The collaboration was officially announced at the Surrogacy and Gay Parenting conference in Dallas, TX, this Father's Day, June 19, which EMD Serono co-sponsored. The conference was based on the successful model of programs MHB has already organized in NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Brussels and Tel Aviv. It brought together under one roof community activists, experts, parents and surrogates who will share their experiences.

Some of the other sponsors of the Dallas conference are also major supporters of GPAP, including Simple Surrogacy and Fertility Specialists of Texas, which have already helped several couples that have had children or are currently pregnant.

“For a same-sex couple, conceiving a child through third-party infertility treatments can be incredibly expensive,” said Jerald S. Goldstein, MD, medical director and founder of Fertility Specialists of Texas. “Through strong support initiatives like the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), having a biological child is becoming more of a reality for intended fathers worldwide. We are proud to partner with Men Having Babies and to be a continued participating infertility center with GPAP.”

Kristen Hanson, the co-founder and executive director of finance for Simple Surrogacy, agreed. "Simple Surrogacy is a proud supporter of GPAP because it puts surrogacy within reach for many men for whom it was previously too expensive. We firmly believe that surrogacy should be affordable to everyone,” said Hanson.


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About The Gay Parenting Assistance Program







The objective of the Gay Parenting Assistance Program is to assist eligible gay prospective parents who cannot afford the full costs of biological parenting by providing grants and access to discounts and pro bono services from in-vitro fertilization clinics, surrogacy agencies, egg donation agencies, providers of reproductive health services, law firms, and other providers of related health, medical, legal and other services.

More information: http://www.menhavingbabies.org/assistance