Is it possible to undertake altruistic surrogacy in the USA?

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    Laura Friedman

    Hello, my hubby and I need a surrogate mother to have a baby, but we’ve literally no money, we’re totally broke. We’ve been saving for years but we cannot afford they payment surrogates are usually given and that’s why we are wondering if anyone can tell us if it is possible to find a woman willing to carry our baby freely, and voluntarily without expecting an economic payment. I’ve heard some countries such as Australia only allow altruistic surrogacy. Thank you very much for your help.

    April 23, 2016 at 10:28 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Dear Laura,

    Yes, it is possible, but the truth is, it is difficult—but not impossible—to find surrogates willing to carry your baby and go compensation free, since it’s not the common practice.

    Within the USA, however, the legal situation for surrogacy varies greatly from state to state, and its legal issues fall under state jurisdiction. While some states have written legislation, others have developed common law regimes for dealing with surrogacy issues. Some of them penalize commercial surrogacy, others facilitate surrogacy contracts, etc.

    Surrogacy-friendly states tend to force commercial and altruistic surrogacy contracts, while at the same time facilitating ways for the intended parents to be recognized as the child’s legal parents. Such states are typically Arkansas, California, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Illinois.

    The following article may be of interest: Regulations governing egg and sperm donation in the USA.

    I hope I have been able to help,

    Best wishes

    April 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm