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Surrogacy

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Surrogacy is an option more commonly chosen by gay men who wish to be fathers. Surrogacy is not legal in Singapore, but can be done overseas. To find out more, click the links below.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is the agreement of a woman to carry a pregnancy for the intended parents. There are two main types of surrogacy, gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the pregnancy results from the transfer of an embryo created by IVF, in a manner so the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate. This type of surrogacy requires an egg donor. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is impregnated naturally or artificially, but the resulting child is genetically related to the surrogate. In this case, the surrogate is the egg donor. Surrogacy is not legal in Singa [...]

Thailand

Thailand is now Asia's surrogate country of choice since India closed its doors to gay couples in January 2013. Bangkok has a booming surrogacy industry with 35% of intending parents being gay men. However, there are some important laws that need to be noted. The most important law is that the surrogate mother must have her name on the child’s birth certificate. She is also the legal guardian, as a child born out of wedlock is deemed to be the legitimate child of the mother. The father has no parental rights, even if he is listed on the birth certificate. Therefore it is important to ensure the surrogate mothe [...]

United States

United States’ lenient laws towards surrogacy have made the country an ideal place for gay couples to find a woman to carry their child. Across the U.S. laws vary by state, with six states criminalising paid surrogacy, including New York, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Washington. The surrogacy-friendly states are California, Illinois, Arkansas and Massachusetts. These states allow for paid surrogacies and some have agencies that specialise in locating surrogate mothers for gay couples. These agencies will also assist in preparing paperwork so that both fathers can have their names on the birth cert and [...]