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Surrogacy Law By State

Surrogacy law varies state by state across the United States and is constantly changing. While Pennsylvania is considered to be a surrogacy friendly state, this is not true of every state. Below is a list of those states considered to be surrogacy friendly and those states that are not;

The Basics: Surrogacy 101

In covering some of the different types of assisted reproductive technology (ART) available to couples and individuals in Pennsylvania looking to grow their family, surrogacy is an important area to explore. For those who may be confused as to what surrogacy entails this post will cover the very broad basics of surrogacy.

Pennsylvania's Assisted Conception Birth Registration

In 2003, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a set of procedures known as the "Assisted Conception Birth Registration". It is a set of procedures for the issuing of birth certificates for children conceived through assisted reproduction that lists the intended parents as the child's parents (rather than a surrogate). The procedure is an alternate method to adoption that allows the intended parents to establish legal parentage.

Pennsylvania Case Study: Kayne and Kim Kardashian West Using a Surrogate

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have announced they will be using a surrogate for the birth of their 3rd child after Kim admitted to suffering from placenta accrete during her last pregnancy, which resulted in an extremely painful birth. The use of a surrogate is not uncommon in Pennsylvania. For medical reasons the Hollywood couple decided it would be safer for both Kim and the baby to use a surrogate for the birth.

What You Need To Know About Surrogacy Contracts in Pennsylvania

There's no right or wrong way to build a family and for many couples in Pennsylvania choosing surrogacy provides the chance to grow your family. However, before you choose to proceed with having a surrogate carry your child there are some things you should know about surrogacy and the law in Pennsylvania.

What does Sherri Shephard's Loss in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Mean for Pennsylvania Surrogacy Law?

Late last year, former The View co-host, Sherri Shepard, lost her appeal before the Pennsylvania Superior Court requesting that the Court hold that she be free from any and obligations as the mother of a child conceived with her ex-husband through a surrogate. Ms. Shepard filed a Petition for Allocatur requesting that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania hear her case. The highest court of Pennsylvania declined to entertain her appeal this week.

Sperm Donor Law in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania sperm donation is a growing industry for men. Often, one of the main concerns men have is that after donation occurs, they will find themselves being sued for child support even though they never intended to "parent" the child. Twenty years ago, this may have been a more significant issue for prospective sperm donors. As technology has expanded in the area of assisted reproduction in PA, so have the laws regarding these topics.

Gestational Surrogacy Contracts in Pennsylvania

Gestational Surrogacy is becoming more common in Pennsylvania. Recently, there have been more numerous discussions and even depictions of struggles with infertility and conception depicted in pop culture. For example, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, of E! Network fame, have publicly documented their struggles with having children on their hit reality show. They currently have one son, Duke, who was delivered via gestational carrier. Unfortunately, their most recent attempt at having another baby was unsuccessful. The Rancics have always been open to sharing their struggles so they can help people start proactive conversations about fertility. The Rancics are lucky to have found a compatible surrogate who is willing to work with them throughout their attempts at expanding their family. Although gestational surrogates do not have standing to sue for custody of a child in Pennsylvania, it is still a good idea to have a written contract between the parents and the surrogate.