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Surrogacy in Atlanta, GA
Surrogacy is a type of assisted reproduction that utilizes a third party. One woman, the surrogate, will carry a child for the other woman, usually because she cannot conceive a pregnancy or carry a pregnancy to term.
Surrogates can be consideration either traditional or gestational. Traditional surrogates are inseminated with sperm from the male partner or from a donor. The child that results from this is biologically related to the surrogate. Many couples choose to go through a gestational surrogate so the child is not related to the surrogate. In this type of surrogacy, the surrogate is implanted with an embryo, which can be from the potential parents or through other donors.
Surrogates can either be known beforehand to the couples, usually a friend or a family member, or they can be unknown. Unknown surrogates are usually matched with potential parents through a surrogacy agency.
Surrogacy Laws in Georgia
The official ruling of surrogacy in Georgia remains unsettled. Georgia does not have any clear-cut laws dealing with surrogacy, nor does it have any published cases whose rulings could be examined. However, Georgia is not one of the over 10 states that have outwardly prohibited surrogacy.
Additionally, because there are no laws or court rulings dealing with the surrogacy issue, it is not known how the state would rule a surrogacy agreement between homosexual or transgender potential parents. Currently, there is no outward ban on homosexual or transgender couples adopting children or adopting their partner’s children.
Atlanta Surrogacy Agencies
Surrogacy agencies in Atlanta operate by matching potential parents with their surrogates. Before the surrogacy begins, surrogacy agencies usually require vigorous testing for the surrogate, to make sure she can physically and emotionally handle the process.
The following surrogacy agencies operate in Atlanta:
- Tomorrow's Parents International
- Surrogacy Specialists of America
- Northeast Assisted Fertility Group
Because surrogacy is a third-party assisted reproduction option, it is considered very complex legally. Because of this, it is recommended you retain the services of a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law or assisted reproductive technology.