Australia’s surrogacy laws encourage parents to look overseas. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine - a popular surrogacy destination - shows the flaws of this approach.
The surrogacy industry needs international regulation to stop the exploitation of women’s bodies.
Surrogacy is fraught with uncertainties. Proposed regulation, inspired by the way the caring professions are regulated, would protect the surrogate and provide certainty about legal parentage.
A lack of regulation of surrogacy in developing countries makes it easy for exploitation to occur.
The reasons for banning compensated surrogacy in developing countries don’t apply in Australia.
Human oocyte in vitro fertilization.
Medical tourism for assisted reproductive technologies raises a host of legal and ethical questions.
Legalising commercial surrogacy would just relocate the same problem.
There’s no evidence to say legalising commercial surrogacy here would stop people from going overseas where it’s probably cheaper and there may be less regulation.
The case of Baby Gammy made the Australian public confront the often-disturbing reality of the international commercial surrogacy industry.
This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being…