A new article published in The New York Times sheds light on a topic that is very familiar to anyone who has entered the realm of surrogacy. The first questions people ask are “is it legal?” and “what if the surrogate wants to keep the baby?”
As a reputable agency that is well-versed in the laws from state-to-state, we take special care to abide by these rules for everyone’s protection. Several recent stories have made headlines depicting surrogate matches gone awry, and it’s essential that states recognize and have appropriate legislation in place for surrogacy.
Joanna L. Grossman, a family law professor at the Hofstra University law school, was quoted in the article: “My sense of the big picture is that we’re moving toward laws like the one in Illinois, which accepts that the demand for surrogacy isn’t going away but recognizes the hazards and adds regulations and protections.”
Illinois law required medical and psychological screenings for all parties, among other things, and allows only gestational surrogacy – where the surrogate is not biologically related to the child. Not all states have come to an agreement – or even recognize – what will provide the best protection, but we’re hopeful that the influence of legislation and the continuing demand for surrogacy will develop more solid laws across the country. Until then, we’ll continue to practice as we have been – providing careful, dedicated service to protect everyone involved in this very special process.