Imagine that you and your spouse want to have a baby, however, you are unable to conceive due to a number of reasons. Your friend knows how much you would love a baby and offers to help you and your spouse out: she will carry your child for you. It’s an exciting time for you! The opportunity to have the family you always want…until you look up the laws of your country or state and realize that surrogacy is banned. Flash to a few weeks later when you and your partner decide to do surrogacy in another country where it is legal. You get excited again! Until, you discover that you would be unable to return home with your child because your country will not legally recognize you as the parent or your child as a citizen of their country.
For couples with fertility issues or for same-sex couples, surrogacy is a viable option to create a family. The sad fact remains though that surrogacy is many forms is illegal or banned in many parts of the world and even within the United States. For instance, in the United States there is not a nation-wide law on surrogacy. Rather, the states are responsible for surrogacy laws, which makes it difficult for individuals who live in states that do not permit surrogacy. Furthermore, most states do not have laws concerning surrogacy. Though some people do enter surrogacy contracts in those states, it can be very risky if one doesn’t receive legal counsel beforehand.
Additionally, some states in the U.S. do not allow same-sex couples to enter into legal surrogacy contracts. Some states say that a couple wanting to use a surrogate must be “married.” With the new marriage equality legislation, same-sex couples should fall under the article of “married” (if they are married), however, there haven’t been any reported surrogacy cases involving same-sex couples yet to determine how states will react with the marriage equality law. Even more unfortunate is that many countries around the world will not allow same-sex couples to have a child via surrogacy due to intolerance of the LGBT community.
Although surrogacy can be risky and complicated, the joy of creating one’s family through surrogacy is not. Many couples and singles, straight or gay, and even celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris, and Nicole Kidman (among many others!) have found happiness through surrogacy. So for those interested in surrogacy, we’ve made a list for you in regards to surrogacy around the world (and in the U.S.). Remember, if you do decide to move forward with surrogacy, be sure to contact a reputable surrogacy agency like, Fertility SOURCE Companies , for more insight into the process.
There are two types of surrogacy, one of which is commercial surrogacy. Commercial surrogacy involves a surrogate being paid to carry a couple’s or single individual’s child.
The other form of surrogacy is altruistic surrogacy and occurs when a surrogate mother does not receive any form of payments for being a surrogate, except for realistic expenses related to having a child or being a surrogate (medical, insurance, travel if need be, time off from work, etc.).
Surrogacy is Banned or Contracts are Prohibited within the Country (or State)
Illegal to Go to Another Country for Commercial Surrogacy
Recognition of Foreign Surrogacy
Non-recognition of Foreign Surrogacy
Some countries will not recognize you and/or your partner as the legal parents of your child if you go overseas to have a child via a surrogate. This is especially difficult for same-sex couples who return home to a country where same-sex marriage is not legalized or same-sex relationships are not protected by the government in regards to creating a family.
No Laws/Regulation on Surrogacy
There are many problems with using a surrogate in a country without laws on surrogacy. In some cases the country or state will not uphold or enforced a surrogacy contract. In other cases, you may not be recognized as the child’s legal parents or the surrogate may be listed as the birth mother (even if she isn’t related to the child).
Does Not Allow International Surrogacy Within Their Country
Fertility SOURCE Companies is one of the largest egg donor and surrogacy agencies operating on a national level in the United States, with a commitment to provide individuals who are unable to conceive with the assistance they need to become parents. Fertility SOURCE Companies works with intended parents from around the world seeking an egg donor and/or surrogate mother in the United States.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
By Laura King
Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...
With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...
By Alex Temblador
I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.
The same can be said of other...