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There is a lot of misinformation out there about surrogacy. What is surrogacy? Is it legal? How do you begin the process if you want to be a surrogate mother? How do you begin the process if you are hoping to become a parent? It’s important to brush up on the laws in Pennsylvania related to surrogacy, because you don’t want to get yourself into any trouble inadvertently.
Let’s get into the topic of surrogacy in Pennsylvania.
What Is Surrogacy?
There are two main types of surrogacy in Pennsylvania. Traditional surrogacy is when a woman uses her own egg to grow a child, but the sperm comes from a donor. The surrogate is the biological mother of the child and may give up her rights to the child so that the intended parents can be the legal parents of the child.
With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother carries a baby to term, but the woman carries a baby created by a donor egg and donor sperm. The gestational surrogate is not the biological mother of the child.
Is Surrogacy Legal?
Surrogacy is legal in Pennsylvania, but the courts are actively involved in many cases due to disputes over legal custody of a child, particularly with regard to traditional surrogacy. These cases are often treated as adoption cases with the biological mother needing to give up her rights to the child in order for the intended parents to gain custody.
Gestational surrogacy is easier, because there are less emotional factors when the surrogate is not the child’s mother. In addition, the surrogate can be compensated, and pre-birth orders can be arranged. A pre-birth order is an order declaring the parentage of a child born by surrogate.
How to Begin the Process of Surrogacy?
If you are interested in being a surrogate mother, you will likely want to contact a surrogacy center to learn about your options. The same goes for intended parents. You might also consider contacting a lawyer who handles surrogacy matters to ensure that your rights aren’t violated and that everything goes according to plan.
Keep in mind that gestational surrogacy is the method recommended to intended parents to avoid complications down the road.
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