In recent months, Canada has become a much discussed and promoted destination for international surrogacy arrangements, particularly since destinations such as Thailand, India, and Nepal have imposed restrictions on surrogacy.1 Clients are told that it is far cheaper than embarking on a surrogacy arrangement in the U.S. but still has the same security, professional service, and availability of surrogates. We advise caution in taking these statements at face value.
Many same-sex couples come to our firm with questions about assisted reproduction. They want to know their options for starting a family and what they need to do to ensure that they are protected throughout the process. Welcoming a child into their lives is an exciting time, and it is important that they understand some of the challenges that they may face.
When a same-sex couple considers their options for starting a family, they may decide to have children using assisted reproduction. They want to have biological children just like any other couple, and they have several options that they may use in order to welcome a child into the world.
Surrogacy arrangements should never face the kind of dispute that arose in this recent California case. This is an example of surrogacy gone wrong. Fortunately, with the right professional guidance, this should never happen. Unfortunately, it happened in this case and may cause unwarranted restrictions to be imposed on other intended parents and surrogates who are pursuing surrogacy responsibly to build a family.