Whether the law still remains fit for purpose 10 years on is something the Law Commission is currently considering as part of a wholescale review of surrogacy law. Whilst most surrogacy arrangements are successful, there remains the occasional case when it can go wrong.
Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have a child. However, anybody in the UK who is planning to have a child through a surrogacy arrangement should bear in mind that whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, it is under a very different culture and is enshrined in a philosophy that surrogacy should not be commercial.
Liz Bottrill, David Burrows and Victoria Goodhall were invited to attend the Parliament building at Portcullis House this morning by the Office of Andrew Percy MP for the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Surrogacy.
Liz Bottrill and David Burrows were invited to join Manchester Fertility's first open day last Sunday.
Whilst it may be sound family planning advice to keep eggs, or indeed sperm, frozen to plan against future unforeseen events, those choosing to do so in the UK should be aware that it is not as simple as “putting them away now and not having to worry about them again”.
The question of who, in law, is or are the parent(s) of the child born is, as a moment's reflection will make obvious, a question of the most fundamental gravity and importance.