The world continues to get smaller, and as it does, a lot of things once thought impossible becomes possible. Unfortunately, sometimes this creates undesirable results.
We’ve written on several occasions now on recent issues and developments in international surrogacy – and unfortunately not many of those developments have been helpful to couples wishing to grow their family. The Baby Gammy case has resulted in a tightening of regulations in Thailand, and recent events has led to India placing a limited ban on surrogacy.
It has since emerged that an Australian couple allegedly abandoned a baby boy in India because they “already had a boy at home” and “only wanted the girl”.
If this is true, this is a terrible thing. What these surrogates are doing should be considered a favour. Even if the arrangement is a commercial one, they have done nothing to warrant such poor behaviour.
To a certain extent, the Surrogacy Act 2010 (NSW) prevents this sort of bad behaviour. The safeguards that it puts in place – counselling, legal advice, and a report by an independent counsellor after the child is born, can go towards preventing some of these tragedies from occurring.
The end result is that the child born from the surrogacy arrangement is legally recognised as the child of the intended parents – and if done right, both you and your surrogate would have some peace of mind that you have done the right thing, and in the right way.