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Surrogacy Scandal Raises Question About Regulation
She built a name for herself as a highly skilled reproductive law specialist in a state considered the nation's hub for surrogate pregnancies with its well-established network of sperm banks, fertility clinics and social workers. But prosecutors say Theresa Erickson was actually working the system to become an international baby broker, running a birthing factory out of the Ukraine that duped at least a dozen American couples into paying $150,000 for children they thought were being adopted legally.The case highlights the need for more protection for the vulnerable adoptive parents, the babies involved and the surrogate mothers, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason A. Forge.