Goverment Debate on Surrogacy – 21st January 2020

SURROGACY NEEDS YOU!

GOVERNMENT DEBATE ON SURROGACY: TUESDAY 21st JANUARY

PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR MP TO ASK THEM TO ATTEND

There will be a Government debate on Government policy on surrogacy on Tuesday 21st January at 4.30pm. Many of you are aware of the campaigning that SurrogacyUK and many others have been doing to try and improve UK surrogacy laws and this is a huge step forward.

The debate will be led by Andrew Percy, MP, who is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Surrogacy (for which SurrogacyUK’s Working Group on Legal Reform is the secretariat)

Please can you write to your MP to ask them to:

Attend the debate to represent your experience of surrogacy and views on reform.

Join the APPG on surrogacy by contacting Andrew Percy’s office.

In your email, please:

Let your MP know why this issue is important to you.

Summarise the key points you’d like your MP to raise on your behalf (if you want some help with this please see SurrogacyUK’s key points below).

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Your actions really do make a difference. We wouldn’t be at this point without you all taking the time to write and lobby and respond to our surveys #peoplepower #surrogacyrocks

SUK’s key points for your MP to raise:

Surrogacy is a valued way of creating families and helps many people who are otherwise unable to have children.

The current law is outdated and in dire need of reform.

There is huge support (from surrogates and intended parents) for new UK surrogacy legislation (1) and for the Law Commission’s project on surrogacy.

SurrogacyUK is broadly supportive of the changes proposed by the Law Commission in their 2019 consultation paper (2), in particular:

The creation of a new pathway to legal parenthood in surrogacy, which will allow intended parents to be legal parents from birth.

The creation of a regulator for surrogacy and regulated surrogacy organisations.

The removal of the requirement of a genetic link between the intended parents and the child in the new pathway.

However, there are some areas where we feel changes, or more detail, is needed:

In the case of the new pathway, if a surrogate raises an objection to the intended parents becoming legal parents, we do not agree that legal parenthood should be automatically stripped from the intended parents and given to the surrogate (whether she wants it or not).

We would like to see more detail on how regulation would work in practice and ask that it is not unduly burdensome on organisations.

On the issues of payments to surrogates:

We ask that the Government continues to support altruistic surrogacy and resists any movement towards a commercial model (which would include ‘for-profit’ payments to surrogates.

We ask that better guidance is issued to help understanding of what is meant by “reasonable expenses”.

References:

1) 92% of respondents in a recent survey(1) of surrogates, intended parents and professionals supported surrogacy law reform) [December 2018: Surrogacy in the UK: further evidence for reform. Second Report of the Surrogacy UK Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform]

2) https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/surrogacy/

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