Surrogacy Lаwѕ Vаrу Frоm Cоuntrу tо Cоuntrу

Surrogacy Lаwѕ Vаrу Frоm Cоuntrу tо Cоuntrу

Surrogacy has become big business worldwide. People in the U.S. have been known to travel overseas to find a surrogate mother, just as people from foreign countries have been known to come to the U.S. for the same purpose. Surrogate tourism, as it is most commonly referred to, is popular and has been the reason for new laws to be drafted in countries all around the world. If you or a loved one are thinking of traveling abroad for this reason, legalities should be on the top of any priority list of things in which to be knowledgeable.

There are countries that have surrogacy listed as a criminal offense, some countries have legalized it both on a commercial and altruistic level, while still others have nothing at all on their legal books specifying either way. Remember, too, that just as in the U.S., some countries' laws will vary from province to province. It would be a good practice to check into any possible discrepancies in the laws of any given country, province to province.

Typically, the more progressive a country is in terms of democracy, the better the chances are that they have lenient surrogacy laws. This is a good place to start when looking for a surrogacy-friendly country. For instance, Russia and China may not be a good bet simply based on their respective cultures and world views, so it would be wise to spend time looking into places like Australia or France.

People in foreign countries would be wise to use the same rule of measure when looking into the U.S. for a possible surrogate mother. Some states are friendly towards the practice, some are not, while some are in the middle. Meaning that surrogacy may be legal, but there are legal conditions and stipulations that need to be known beforehand.

There is also the possibility of finding a surrogate mother in a foreign country while still in your country of residence. The internet is the obvious means of doing this and, once a surrogate mother is found, some would-be parents opt to fly that person over to their country of origin for the sole purpose of being a surrogate mother. There are obviously going to be legal issues involved with this but, again, depending on the countries involved, it could very well happen.

Bringing the surrogate to your country would be the most costly choice of all other alternatives, along with the fact that it would entail more legal issues to consider. There are easy ways of doing this, hard ways, inexpensive ways, as well as very expensive ways. But the most important factor that needs to be considered is the legal one. Never assume a country is keen to this idea simply based on what you have heard from other people. Learn the laws from the countries themselves and go from there.

Surrogacy is a well-established option for people to start a family when the conventional methods do notwork. You do not want legalities to stand in the way when they don't have to. 

  • Sammie R

    May 23, 2017

    I wonder if the reduced costs in places like India are going to make it more desirable for intended parents to leave the country for this process. Personally, I would be nerve-wracked to be so far away from the woman who is carrying my child.

  • F Addams

    May 30, 2017

    I think that these countries set laws in order to try and protect the parties involved in the surrogacy process but sometimes those very laws are the ones that stand in the way of some people who are trying to become parents.

  • Sarah Rogers

    June 7, 2017

    For countries that make it illegal to pay a surrogate, I wonder if their citizens skate around the rule. I can't imagine many women being a volunteer surrogate unless it's to assist a relative. I wonder if the surrogate is allowed to accept other fees or gifts such as a car to attend appointments and extra gas money.