A first of its kind report has been undertaken to look at Surrogacy Law with an overwhelming view that it needs reform. The report also shows that despite what was thought, far fewer people seek surrogacy overseas and there is widespread rejection of any move towards commercialisation of surrogacy.
'There is a consensus amongst the surrogacy community, practitioners, leading academics and policy influencers that the time is ripe for legal reform. Law makers need to take action now in order to better meet the needs of intended parents, surrogates and surrogate-born children. 'Any reform must reflect that surrogacy is a relationship, not a transaction; there is a firm rejection of any move to a commercial model. Changes to policy should be centred on the welfare of surrogate-born children. Allowing the pre-authorisation of parental orders, so that legal responsibility is conferred on intended parents at birth, would go a long way to removing the uncertainty around parenthood.'