Reform of fertility laws needed, says Fertility Show 2017 delegates
Delegates at the Fertility Show 2017 at London Olympia have wholeheartedly called for reform of the UK’s fertility law and for greater international cooperation on fertility and surrogacy between countries.
The survey was conducted by specialist family law firm Howard Kennedy exhibiting at the Fertility Show 2017 on Saturday 4 November.
One hundred per cent of the 40 delegates surveyed agreed that the UK fertility laws are in desperate need of reform. So bad is the picture that 85% of those asked would look overseas when considering surrogacy, despite 80% of them not knowing that there are no international treaties or agreements between the UK and countries where commercial surrogacy is lawful.
Lois Langton, a Partner and Head of Family Law at Howard Kennedy, said:
The UK fertility and surrogacy laws are a mess and consistently fail to keep up with social realities. They drive costs up, lead to confusion and legal complications that could easily be avoided.
“It is particularly worrying that 42% of those people we asked do not know who the legal parent of a child born via fertility treatment, whether through a licensed clinic or otherwise, would be, and that can cause real problems for the child, the birth mother, her partner (if she has one) and the intended parent(s). Reform is most definitely needed to address our out of date laws which are simply not fit for purpose.”
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