01 May 2020 Surrogacy in the US for UK Intended Parents: Covid-19 Update
Every year thousands of UK intended parents travel to other countries to create families via surrogacy. As we reported last summer, UK surrogacy laws, written in the 1980s, are outdated and pose significant legal obstacles for infertile couples and same-sex couples who opt to become parents through assisted reproduction and surrogacy. The UK Law Commission is expected to issue a report recommending changes to the laws in 2021, after which Parliament will consider the recommendations. In recent years, the United States, with its robust surrogacy industry and high health care standards, has become an increasingly popular for UK intended parents undertaking surrogacy.
In this informative new webinar, targeted to UK intended parents who are considering traveling to the US for surrogacy, I join Helen Prosser of UK-based surrogacy agency Brilliant Beginnings; UK ART attorney Natalie Gamble of NGA Law; Dr. Sandy Chuan and Dr. Said Daneshmand of the San Diego Fertility Center; and Amy Kaplan of U.S.-based West Coast Surrogacy. The webinar covers how parentage and citizenship are determined under UK law, anticipated costs, planning and preparation, elements of US surrogacy agreements as well as the latest information on navigating the international surrogacy process in the covid-19 era.
For more information about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on surrogacy and other types of assisted reproduction, as well as resources for intended parents, surrogates and third-party matching programs, visit our covid-19 resource page.