As we had relayed in part one, two and three of the series, parties who explore surrogacy are trying to build that often, long awaited family but in today's modern world, surrogacy is often talked about in hushed voices and suffice it to say, the current law surrounding surrogacy in the UK isn’t in step with modern fertility practices and the modern family as we now know it.
Written nearly 40 years ago, the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 was introduced at a time when surrogacy was extremely rare, reproductive medicine was still in its infancy, homophobia was alarmingly commonplace and there was no legal recognition for same-sex couples. That said, Wednesday 29 March, marked a momentous milestone for hopeful parents, surrogate mothers and family practitioners.
In Episode four, Family Partner, Harriet Errington welcomes back Barrister, Andrew Powell from 4PB and Fathers, Stuart Armfield and Francis Haugen to delve into the newly published final report and draft bill from The Law Commission of England & Wales and the Scottish Law Commission and discuss why this is such a significant milestone and what this will mean for couples and individuals looking to explore and pursue their surrogacy journey.
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This podcast is intended to provide a first point of reference for current developments in aspects of the law. It should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice. If you would like to discuss any of the points raised during the podcast, please do not hesitate to contact Harriet or Andrew using the details listed below.