Surrogacy Reform: We Need Your Help!

April 25 2016
Surrogacy Reform: We Need Your Help!

Following Jessica Lee MP's Parliamentary call for surrogacy reform in October 2014, the Minister for Public Health (formally Jane Ellison MP, now Nicola Blackwood MP) promised that the government would consider reviewing UK surrogacy law.  We need your help to make sure it happens. Please write to your MP to tell them why the law needs to change and ask them to urge the Minister to update the law to help people like you.  

We have prepared some guidance to help you write a letter or email (see below).  Personal stories carry the most weight, so make it your own. 

You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them here: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

We also want to collate information to help our campaign.  If you write to your MP it would be great if you could let us know. If you are happy to share your letter with us (and any response), that would be even better - we will treat it in the strictest confidence. 

Thank you for your help!

Introduction

Say that you are aware of the current UK law on surrogacy and that you are writing because it is failing you.   Say that you are eager to know how the government is planning to help families, surrogates and children born through surrogacy. 

My/our story

If you are a parent or an intended parent:

Say why you needed a surrogate to help you build your family.   If you do not yet have a child through surrogacy, what are your options for finding a surrogate? Would you rather stay in the UK or go overseas?  What are the obstacles and challenges? 

If you have a child through surrogacy, say how he or she was born.  If you went through surrogacy overseas, what problems did you experience and what were the positives?  Why did you decide to go abroad?  How long did it take you to get home after your child was born?  Would you have preferred to stay in the UK?

If you stayed in the UK, what were the good things about your journey and what problems or obstacles did you experience?  How long did you wait to find a surrogate in the UK and how did you find her?  Do you think the law should have given you more certainty? 

If you are a surrogate:

Say why you decided to become a surrogate.  What motivated you, and how do you feel about your experience so far?

If you are pregnant or have been a surrogate in the past, how did you match with your intended parents?  What are/were the good things about your journey?  What were the challenges?

If you are planning to be a surrogate, who would you like to match with and how will you make contact with them?  What do you perceive to be the obstacles and challenges of becoming a surrogate in the UK?

Do you think the law should give you more certainty?

If you are a professional:

Explain your experience of surrogacy and why you care about these issues.

Why you should support this campaign

We are calling for:

  • Surrogacy agreements (as statements of intention) to be put in place at the outset for UK surrogacy arrangements.
  • Parental orders to be made pre-birth so the intended parents can be the legal parents from birth where there is no dispute.
  • Recognition of international surrogacy arrangements in the UK from birth.
  • An end to discrimination against children born through surrogacy to single and non-biological intended parents.
  • Clarity that compensation for inconvenience can be (and routinely is already) paid to UK surrogates, if they wish.
  • Faster issue of British passports for children born through international surrogacy.

Explain what a difference any or all of these goals would make to you personally, and to others.

Conclusion

Ask your MP to contact Nicola Blackwood and ask him/her to keep you updated.

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