Many LGBTs community wants to expand their family by taking the opportunity of the surrogacy process. Mostly surrogacy process is similar for LGBTs with limited accounts that need to be considering for them.
Surrogacy laws for LGBTs
Every country has its surrogacy laws to regulate the process. Some countries even some US states prohibited surrogacy for same-sex couples and some of these countries even do not allow surrogacy for heterogeneous couples. Some of the countries have different legal processes to precede surrogacy for same-sex couples as it is a little complicated than a general process.
LGBT couples often need an additional process for recognizing them legally as the patents of the born child. Moreover, the issued birth certificate should mention the name of both partners as parents of the child. Depending upon the country-specific rules and regulations, LGBT couples need to arrange all the legal documentation before childbirth so that no problem will create after the birth of the child/children. Some countries allow a full-fledged adoption process or second-parent adoption to make both the partners legal parents of the child.
It is suggested that LGBT couples should contact experienced surrogacy professionals through surrogacy agencies to know the country-wise detail process of surrogacy laws and proceed legally to avoid any complications.
Surrogacy process for LGBTs
Surrogacy gives the option to gay couples who want to biologically connect with their born child and starts their family. Similarly, lesbian couples can also opt for the surrogacy process who unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy on their own.
The births of a child for LGBTs who opt for surrogacy involve multiple medical processes like egg donation, gestational carrier, and In- vitro-fertilization. The birth of a surrogate baby for LGBTs is quite similar to any other intended parents. But following decision making is important for LGBTs before commencing the process:
Among both, the partner who will be genetically related to the born child is an important decision making for LGBTs. In the case of heterogeneous couples where both the parents have a chance to have a genetic relationship with the born child as the created embryo can obtain by using sperm from the intended father and eggs from the intended mother. But same-sex couples do not have this opportunity. For example, a born child of a gay couple can only hold biological material (sperm) from either of them.
The selection of known or anonymous donors is another important decision making for LGBTs. Some LGBTs prefer to contact donor agencies to use anonymous sperm or egg donor, while some LGBT couples want to proceed with the medical process with a known donor. In such cases, either of the partners donates gamete (sperm) and selects a close relative of the other partner to obtain the opposite gamete (egg) to create the embryo and continues the surrogacy process. Therefore, both partners have a biological relationship with the born child.
Advantages of surrogacy for LGBTs
- Surrogacy helps them to accomplish their family-building dream
- Surrogacy allows LGBTs to have biologically connected child/children
- Both the partners can get a meaning to their relationship that will help them to continue long-lasting
- Many surrogates only want to work with LGBTs
Disadvantages of surrogacy for LGBTs
- LGBT couples may face more complicated legal process to precede same-sex surrogacy
- The cost of surrogacy for LGBTs is higher than normal and fewer financing options are available for them
- Some LGBTs are facing difficulty to get prospective surrogates or donors to start or continue their surrogacy.