California Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act Likely to Smooth the Way for LGBT and Other California-based Intended Parents, notes Global Fertility Concepts

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Commenting on a recent article, the Southern California-based surrogacy agency notes that the kind of protections enacted in Assembly Bill 2349 deal with just some of the many issues that need to be addressed to ensure the best results for new families.

The new California law on surrogacy is expected to protect the rights of LGBT parents.

The issues dealt with in the new law are just one of the many complexities embedded within the gestational surrogacy process that organizations working on behalf of intended parents and surrogates must navigate.

According to a September 19 article on San Diego LGBT Weekly, a new law intended to prevent California-parents, including members of the LGBT community, from having their parental rights questioned outside the state has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill, authored by San Francisco State Assembly member David Chiu, gives California courts jurisdiction over any issues involving the parental rights of Californians who have had children through gestational surrogacy. According to the article, it is also intended to protect the anonymity of the names of egg and sperm donors in contracts relating to surrogacy. Commenting on the article, Southern California based surrogacy agency Global Fertility Concepts (GFC) notes that the issues dealt with in the new law are just one of the many complexities embedded within the gestational surrogacy process that organizations working on behalf of intended parents and surrogates must navigate. These include:

Legal Issues – GFC notes that the law around gestational surrogacy is also still evolving at a relatively rapid clip and differs greatly both within the United States and around the world. Thus, it is imperative that intended parents and their surrogates are protected by contracts that unambiguously cover the issues a family is likely to face. In the case of LGBT parents in particular, this can be a crucial area because the political and legal climate around the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents may vary depending on where they reside. GFC notes that it is important for intended parents of all orientations to work with legal counsel to make sure their rights will be fully protected in any location they may reside in.

Matching Intended Parents and Surrogates – One of the most important parts of fostering a successful experience for all parties concerned is to ensure that intended parents and their surrogates are completely comfortable with all of their arrangements, says GFC. The firm notes that it takes great pains to make sure that all parties are fully informed on, and in complete agreement with, every aspect of their arrangements in order to ensure the entire process of starting a new family goes as smoothly as possible for all concerned. This includes matching the personal values of intended parents and their surrogates so that there are no misunderstandings or conflicts before, during, or after the birth of a child or children.

GFC concludes by noting that all intended parents of all orientations need to approach their choice of gestational surrogacy with a certain amount of caution, as well as a great deal of hope for the future. They add that helping intended parents, both heterosexual and LGBT, achieve their cherished dreams of parenthood, while ensuring that the rights of all parties are fully protected is their primary focus. Readers interested in learning more about how GFC can facilitate their choice of gestational surrogacy are invited to call 800-893-1309 or visit the agency’s website at Globalfertilityconcepts.com.

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