In this modern age, families can be achieved in a myriad of ways, many of which do not fall in with tradition. For some parents-to-be, surrogacy is their only hope of starting a family and now, thanks to a review by the South Australian Law Reform Institute, the process behind surrogacy is to become even more achievable.
Review of laws
Changes to surrogacy laws in South Australia to make it easier for couples wanting to have a baby are to be introduced into State Parliament.
“For some people, surrogacy is the only way to start a family of their own,” Attorney-General Vickie Chapman reported to 9news.com last Wednesday. “And I believe it’s essential that we come up with a process that helps them while ensuring there are sufficient safeguards put in place.”
There are also other changes to be included, such as raising the age to 25 for people wanting to enter into a surrogacy situation, provisions for compensating surrogates for loss of wages and the inclusion of gay male and single parents.
No commercial agreements
However, commercial surrogacy agreements, which provide for more than reasonable payment for the surrogate, are still remaining illegal.
“The bill clarifies surrogacy agreements, and the roles of counsellors in the process, while providing the Youth Court with final decision-making powers,” Ms Chapman said to 9news.com. “The proposed legislation also accommodates cross-jurisdictional service provision, meaning fertility treatment does not have to take place in South Australia, and interstate lawyers and counsellors can provide the necessary advice.”
This comes as exciting news for those families who are keen to start a family but are faced with insurmountable challenges. At least these reforms offer one less hurdle to climb over.