Currently, UK law does not respect that surrogacy is a shared intention between intended parents and the surrogate to conceive a child, meaning parents are motivated to find a surrogate internationally. The new reform provides for individuals going through the surrogacy process under UK law and states that the government “supports surrogacy as a legitimate way to build a family”. Hopefully the changes to the law will encourage surrogacy in the UK.
In contrast, the new reforms do not cater for everyone wishing to do surrogacy, especially parents who choose to go down the route of international surrogacy. While the reforms are significant, they are not revolutionary and have been heavily criticised.
For more information regarding the reform, please check out the Law Commission website, https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/surrogacy/ for further details.
For further advice about surrogacy please contact us.
5 HFEA 2008, s 54(8)
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