As Michigan legalizes surrogacy, here’s how families found ways around the ban (NPR)

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    As Michigan legalizes surrogacy, here’s how families found ways around the ban – By Kate Wells (Michigan Public) / April 2, 2024

    The first time Tammy and Jordan Myers held their twins, the premature babies were still so fragile, their tiny faces were mostly covered by oxygen masks and tubing. Their little hands rested gently on Tammy’s chest, as the machines keeping them alive in the neonatal intensive care unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan beeped and hummed around them.

    It was an incredible moment, but also a terrifying one. Because a court had just denied the Myers’ parental rights to the twins, who were born via surrogate using embryos made from Jordan’s sperm and Tammy’s eggs (which had been frozen before Tammy underwent treatment for breast cancer.)

    “In the early hours of their lives, we had no life saving medical decision-making power for their care,” Tammy Myers told Michigan lawmakers at a state senate committee hearing in March.

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