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"Building families through surrogacy: a new law" Edinburgh event

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The Mackenzie Building, Faculty of Advocates,

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Edinburgh Consultation Event

The Scottish Law Commission and the Law Commission of England and Wales are holding a free consultation event on their recent joint consultation paper Building families through surrogacy: a new law. A summary is also available here.

This event will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your views on our provisional proposals and questions, and will help us shape our final recommendations. As numbers are limited, registration is essential.

Professor Nick Hopkins (Lead Commissioner, Law Commission of England and Wales) and Spencer Clarke (Lawyer, Law Commission of England and Wales) will give a brief overview of our proposals on:

- The new pathway

- Reforms to the parental order route

- Payments

- Access to information

- International surrogacy arrangements

After an introduction to our proposals or questions on each topic, there will be time for questions and discussion.

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE PROVIDING A LIST OF ATTENDEES' NAMES TO THE VENUE FOR SECURITY REASONS***

Registration will be open from 4.00 pm . We look forward to meeting you.


The Consultation Paper

Our joint Consultation Paper concludes that change is needed in surrogacy law to make sure the law works for everyone involved. To reflect the shared intentions of surrogates and intended parents, and to further the welfare of the child born through the surrogacy arrangement, the Law Commissions are proposing to allow intended parents to become legal parents when the child is born, subject to the surrogate retaining a right to object for a short period after the birth.

This proposal for the creation of a new surrogacy process or “pathway” is one of several that the Law Commissions are now consulting on which aim to bring greater certainty, put the child at the heart of the process and provide comfort and confidence to both the surrogate and the intended parents.

Other proposals include:

- The creation of a surrogacy regulator to regulate surrogacy organisations which will oversee surrogacy agreements within the new pathway.

- In the new pathway, the removal of the requirement of a genetic link between the intended parents and the child, where medically necessary.

- The creation of a national register to allow those born of surrogacy arrangements to access information about their origins.

- The possibility of the automatic recognition in the UK of legal parenthood conferred on intended parents by another jurisdiction, following an international surrogacy arrangement.

The Law Commissions also ask a number of questions to open the debate on the important topic of the payments that intended parents should be able to make to the surrogate, while provisionally proposing that surrogacy organisations should remain non-profit.


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