The national Fertility Nurses’ Congress was held this year in Solihull in May. Following publication of the Law Commission’s final recommendations, Natalie was invited to address the conference on what surrogacy law reform will mean for fertility nurses.
Natalie spoke about the positives of the proposed reform – legal parenthood at birth for surrogacy teams working with regulated surrogacy organisations – but also set out its limitations, including the failure to address the shortage of UK surrogates or to support those going overseas and the more restrictive proposals regarding surrogate compensation. She also made clear that the proposals are just that – proposals – and that there is a very long way to go before they actually become law.
The questions asked by those in the room were insightful and demonstrated some frustration, particularly around the Law Commission’s decision not to allow double-donation surrogacy which various attendees felt was discriminatory and unfair to patients.
Many thanks to Gideon Richter and Debbie Evans who invited us to be part of such an interesting day.
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