Surrogacy laws do not meet the needs of families, says campaigner

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An MP has backed a campaign which would see the laws surrounding surrogacy sway in favour of the child’s intended family.

Under current laws, the surrogate stays legally responsible for the child until parental rights are transferred. The rights must be handed over in family court, which, in some instances, can take up to two years.

Campaigner Sarah Jones, who has been a surrogate mother four times and is the chair of charity Surrogacy UK, says the laws are “outdated and inadequate”.

The current laws do not “meet the needs of the surrogate, the needs of the parent and certainly not the needs of children born through surrogacy,” she said.

The campaign is calling on the Government to recognise the child’s intended family and for them to be able to make medical decisions from birth.

MP Andrew Percy, who has endorsed the movement, said “the world has moved on a whole generation”.

“People are creating families in different ways, through IVF, adoption, gay couples and single people having children.

“What’s important is to create families in which a child is brought up in a loving environment.”

Professor Nick Hopkins, of the Law Commission, said: “The law needs to be brought up to date and improved, surrogacy is a very complex issue with no quick fix, and it needs considering properly.”

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