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UK comes closer to a new surrogacy pathway with the possible introduction of specific regulation

UK comes closer to a new surrogacy pathway with the possible introduction of specific regulation

"Our proposals will create a system that works
for the surrogates, the parents and, most importantly, the child."

On 11th of October consultation period for the newly proposed changes within surrogacy law in UK ends. As part of the consultations, Law Commissions wanted to understand public views towards surrogacy and as a result introduce new laws that will better demonstrate public attitudes towards surrogacy.

The proposals included allowing intended parents to automatically become legal parents when the child is born, subject to the surrogate retaining a right to object for a short period after the birth.

This is indeed a major step forward and one which is likely to have a positive impact and keep surrogates, egg donors, intended parents, children, and families safe. Currently, an intended parent must apply for a parental order or adoption in order to become the legal parent of a child born with via surrogacy. This is quite often described as somewhat "archaic". Seeing that the number of children born this way is 10 times higher than a decade ago these changes are very much sought after.

The key proposals are:

1
Creating a new surrogacy pathway that will allow, in many cases, the intended parents to be the legal parents of the child from the moment of birth.
2
Introducing specific regulation for surrogacy arrangements and safeguards such as counselling and independent legal advice. This should reduce risk of arrangements breaking down.
3
Allowing international surrogacy arrangements to be recognized here, on a country-by-country basis.
"More and more people are turning to surrogacy to have a child and start their family. We therefore need to make sure that the process is meeting the needs of all those involved. "

"However, the laws around surrogacy are outdated and no longer fit for purpose. We think our proposals will create a system that works for the surrogates, the parents and, most importantly, the child."

Sir Nicholas Green
Chair of the Law Commission
The call to reform the current surrogacy law is "fantastic".
Hannah Saxe
Senior associate at solicitor firm Irwin Mitchell
Here at the World Center of Baby we have many couples from UK choosing to go through surrogacy in Ukraine. These couples will benefit from the changes to the surrogacy process in UK and the overall process will become more straightforward.
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