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;
Surrogacy Friendly States
Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia
Not So Friendly Surrogacy States
Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
Of those states that are recognized as friendly toward the surrogacy procedure, some are more friendly than others. Likewise, of those listed as being unfriendly toward surrogacy, some states simply have inconsistent legal results pertaining to those court cases that have been heard while others prohibit compensated surrogacy contracts or birth certificates naming both parents.
You should consult with a family law attorney before you enter into any surrogacy agreement to protect not only the rights of yourself and your surrogate but of the child. Contact our experienced team of family law attorneys to discuss the status of surrogacy law here in Pennsylvania or to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable team of Western Pennsylvania attorneys would be honored to draft a surrogacy contract on your behalf.