2015 Best in Surrogacy Roundup
As 2015 comes to a close, Surrogacy America looks back on a year full of events that were -- and still are -- highly relevant to the fertility community and those using third-party reproductive technologies to build their families.
We look back on some of our most popular blog posts that discussed these events and how they impact our community. We look forward to celebrating even more progress in the fertility community, particularly in regard to gestational surrogacy in the U.S. in 2016.
The past year was a year of significant change for same-sex couples in the United States, as same-sex marriage bans were declared unconstitutional in Supreme Court ruling Obergefell vs. Hodges. Although this ruling was an important and cherished step toward social progress for LGBT couples, this ruling did not guarantee the rights of same-sex couples who wish to build their family.
Gestational surrogacy is a popular route for LGBT couples, particularly for same-sex male couples. Those who wish to use a surrogate to have a baby still need to be aware how “surrogacy-friendly” their state is before proceeding with the surrogacy process. Some couples regardless of their sexual orientation may need to work with a surrogate who lives in a different state, despite the advancements in 2015 that recognize same-sex marriages.
Why isn’t surrogacy legal in my state?
Gestational surrogacy is still not permitted in certain states. Surrogacy law across the U.S. is not uniform and each state has its own set of laws that regulate the use of gestational surrogates to conceive. Surrogacy America encourages those interested in surrogacy to research laws in their home state before seeking a surrogate in order to save time, energy and finances.
The controversy surrounding international surrogacy
International surrogacy isn’t a broad term. It can actually mean one of two things: either you are a U.S. resident who wishes to use a surrogate living abroad, or you are a couple who lives abroad seeking a gestational surrogate living in the U.S. Issues typically arise in the former situation, where couples from Western countries are struggling with surrogacy agreements in countries in which surrogacy law is not clear or is simply not present.