We have been busy over the last few weeks speaking to the media about the baby Gammy case and why surrogacy law needs to be brought up to date. Amidst a storm of media discussion about the law and ethics of international surrogacy, we were interviewed by the Guardian, BBC World Service and the Telegraph, Sunday Times, BBC TV news and various BBC Radio programmes including Radio 5 Live and the Radio 4 Today Programme.
The case that hit the headlines involved a Thai surrogacy arrangement and twins who were born to an Australian couple. One of the twins, known as Gammy, had Down’s Syndrome and was allegedly left in Thailand with his surrogate mother whilst the parents took his twin sister back to Australia. This triggered outcry and a fierce global debate about how we can better regulate international surrogacy arrangements.
Cases like this are rare, and we work with hundreds of parents who conceive much-wanted children through surrogacy. It is always important to keep in perspective that surrogacy is far more often a positive experience, which leads to the creation of cherished families. But there is currently no global system of laws governing surrogacy. The gaps between national laws can leave children exposed because the parents who commission their birth have no legal responsibility for them. That is why we are campaigning to see UK surrogacy law changed, to recognise parents who conceive through surrogacy as legal parents from the very start.
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