This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers surrogacy and parental orders, in particular the current position for single people who are unable to obtain such an order and the draft remedial order that seeks to address this matter. A link to the full report in pdf format can be found at the bottom of this page.Jump to full report >>
When a child is born to a surrogate mother, a parental order transfers both legal parenthood and “parental responsibility” from the surrogate mother (and her husband, if applicable) to the commissioning parents.
Section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 allows for (prescribed) couples to apply for a parental order, but not a single person. The Government explained that, at the time, adoption was considered a more appropriate route for single people.
The following is a timeline of key developments:
Both the revised draft remedial order and the draft parental order regulations are currently being considered by Parliament and are not yet in force.
This note applies to United Kingdom.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8076
Author: Tim Jarrett