Friday, January 17:

4:00-6:00 PM: Opening Session (Regimental Room, 10th Floor)

Overview of surrogacy related debates and our community:

  • Major concerns underlying ethical issues that manifest in the legal and social debates about surrogacy
  • How surrogacy legislation and social discourse were shaped by the adoption prism
  • Using a Reproductive Justice framework to address surrogacy policy and practice
  • The Surrogacy question and the LGBTQ community

Moderator: Ron Poole-Dayan, MHB Executive Director


  • Emily Galpern, MPH, Consultant, Center for Genetics and Society
  • Joshua Gamson, PhD, Assistant Dean & Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco
  • Catherine Sakimura, Esq. | Deputy Director & Family Law Director at National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Steven Snyder, Esq., International Assisted Reproduction Center (IARC)

Overview of academic research on Surrogacy and LGBT Parenting:

  • Major research questions across the various academic disciplines
  • Broad overview of findings of past research, and updates on recent studies
  • Studies in the pipeline, and possible future research questions


  • Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
  • Silvia Schneider Fox, PsyD, MHB board member

Saturday, January 18:

8:15-9:00 AM: Registration / 10th Floor

9:15-10:30 AM: In-depth Legislative / Advocacy Session (Heritage Room, 10th Floor)

- Should we use different frameworks to address surrogacy in the USA and Canada vs. surrogacy in developing countries?
- Trends across several national / international legislative developments.
- Follow-up discussion of the underlying ethical issues raised on Friday:

  • Concerns about protecting surrogates against exploitation
  • Objections to compensation / restitution
  • The timing and scope of consent
  • Concerns about outcomes: medical risk, well being of all parties
  • Other challenges to social norms (family structures, gender roles / status, etc.)

10:30-11:00 AM: Coffee break

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: In-depth Research Session (Heritage Room, 10th Floor)

  • Presentations of findings of several recent studies (some not yet published)
  • Descriptions of ongoing studies by various groups individuals
  • Research questions that can help shed light on social / legislative debates

12:30-2:00 PM: Lunch / gay parenting resource fair

2:00-4:00 PM: Surrogate Advisory Committee (Library, 11th Floor)

  • Open discussion: how surrogates can become involved

4:00-8:30 PM: Join the general conference programs:

  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Coffee break / gay parenting resource fair
  • 5:00-5:45 PM: Personal stories panel - hear from several surrogates and parents.
  • 5:45-6:00 PM: Coffee break
  • 6:00-7:15 PM: A mindful look at surrogacy - Psychological and Ethical aspects.
  • 7:15-8:00 PM: Teen Panel: Surrogacy children of gay dads share their stories
  • 8:00 PM: Happy Hour for parents / prospective parents.

Sunday, January 19:

8:15-9:00 AM: Registration

9:00-10:00 AM: MHB-led initiatives to promote ethical surrogacy (Heritage Room, 10th Floor)

  • The Model for Ethical Surrogacy Compensation
  • The development of a toolkit for expanding IVF and surrogacy benefits at workplaces
  • The development of a Surrogacy & LGBT Parenting Advocacy Library of research, position papers and other related articles

10:00-10:45 AM: The Surrogacy360 project (Heritage Room, 10th Floor)

Hear more about the Center for Genetics and Society’s project Surrogacy360, an online resource to provide accurate information about the complexities and challenges of international commercial surrogacy. Surrogacy360 includes:

  • Recommended standards and principles for engaging in international commercial surrogacy
  • Current Law page including Interactive maps and tables of surrogacy law by country and by state where policy varies
  • Issues of concern to each party involved in surrogacy relationships, including intended parents, surrogates, egg providers, children, and intermediaries

Presenter: Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society

10:45-11:00 AM: Coffee break

11:00-11:45: Optional: time for work groups / committee meetings

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