Changing UK Surrogacy Laws – Our Campaign
Responding to the Law Commissions’ consultation
REFORM AREA 5: Creation of a national surrogacy register so those born through surrogacy can access information about their origins
Questions 21 to 27 in the Short Form Survey relate to the bundle of proposals discussed below.
There are two parts to our guidance on this bundle of reforms:
- A summary of the Law Commissions’ provisional proposals
- Surrogacy UK’s emerging views on the provisional proposals (please note these are provisional views that will evolve as we consult with our members and the surrogacy community)
|SUMMARY OF THE LAW COMMISSIONS’ PROVISIONAL PROPOSALS|
|OVERVIEW:||The consultation paper makes a provisional proposal for the creation of a national register of surrogacy arrangements that would record key information in relation to each child born following a surrogacy arrangement|
|A NATIONAL REGISTER OF SURROGACY ARRANGEMENTS:||
|ACCESS TO THE REGISTER:||
|A CHILD’S ACCESS TO COURT RECORDS:||
|WHAT ARE SURROGACY UK’S EMERGING VIEWS ON THE PROVISIONAL PROPOSALS?
PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE PROVISIONAL VIEWS THAT WILL EVOLVE AS WE CONSULT WITH OUR MEMBERS AND THE SURROGACY COMMUNITY
|OUR VIEW:||Research suggests that children born through surrogacy and assisted reproduction have the best outcomes when parents are honest and confident with them about their origins from an early age. This is also supported by our own experience of surrogacy and the many families that we have supported. We are therefore supportive of these proposals by the Law Commissions. We feel that the types of information that could be disclosed and the process for doing this are appropriate.
We are unsure whether all documents submitted to a court relating to a surrogacy arrangement should be disclosed to a person born through surrogacy. In particular, financial and medical records, which are personal to the surrogate and IPs, may not be appropriate for full disclosure.
Click here to download the Short Form Survey and respond to the Law Commissions’ provisional proposals. Questions 21 to 27 are relevant this this reform area.
Back to intro page or click on the reform areas below to learn more:
|Reform Area 1||Creation of a new pathway that allows intended parents to be legal parents from birth|
|Reform Area 2||Specific requirements and safeguards that are mandated for entry into the New Pathway|
|Reform Area 3||A regulator for surrogacy and regulated surrogacy organisations|
|Reform Area 4||Double donation (no genetic link to IPs required) could be permitted under the New Pathway in domestic surrogacy|
|Reform Area 5||Creation of a national surrogacy register so those born through surrogacy can access information about their origins|
|Reform Area 6||The Law Commission asks an open question about what kinds of payments should be allowed in surrogacy arrangements|
|Reform Area 7||For international surrogacy arrangements the Law Commission proposes reform and guidance to make it easier to bring a surrogate child back to the UK|