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.