The laws in the UK don't actually permit commercial surrogacy... That was a bit of shock to me. That in a place like this, that seems so progressive and so far ahead still to the United States on things like employment, housing, security and marriage. But on surrogacy, it's not available in the same way.
In Canada, it is a crime to pay (in cash, goods, property or services), offer to pay or advertise to pay a woman to be a surrogate mother. The AHR Act does not:
Prohibit surrogacy itself, as long as a surrogate mother in Canada makes this decision for altruistic reasons (i.e., without financial or other gain);
Criminalize a woman who agrees to be or becomes a surrogate mother. It is paying, offe...See More
The judgment or order [regarding the legal parents of a child] shall establish the parent-child relationship of the intended parent(s) identified in the surrogacy agreement. It shall also establish that the surrogate, her spouse, or partner is not a parent of, and has no parental rights or duties with respect to, the child or children
[The department of personnel and training (DoPT) has instructed all Central ministries and departments to implement a 2015 order of the Delhi High Court for granting maternity leave to female employees who chooses to have a child by commissioning a surrogacy.]
I don’t believe that these gestational carriers are being exploited... I don’t think they’re stupid women. I think they’re intelligent women and I believe that they know what they are getting themselves into, especially when they have to [have] their own attorney.
I don’t think there’s anyone who thinks all surrogate births are wrong... We just need to make sure the law is written in a way that only allows surrogate births under specific circumstances. We need to stop selling babies, you know.