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Surrogacy in Denver
Surrogacy is an fertility treatment for women who have had recurrent pregnancy loss/miscarriages, certain abnormalities in the uterus, or no uterus. With surrogacy, a surrogate carries a child for another woman who cannot conceive.
Traditional surrogates are inseminated with sperm, which allows them to conceive using their own eggs. As a result, the child will be related to the surrogate. With gestational surrogates, an embryo is implanted, which can come from the prospective parents or from a donor. In this case, the child will not be related biologically to the surrogate.
Surrogacy Laws in Colorado
Like many states, Colorado has no state laws that deal specifically with surrogacy. However, Colorado does have laws that deal with assisted reproduction.
The laws dealing with assisted reproduction can be found in Chapter 19 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The statute affirms that the husband of a couple who conceive a child through donor sperm can be considered the child’s natural father, and the mother of a couple who conceive a child through donor eggs can be considered the child’s natural mother.
However, the statute explicitly excludes surrogacy from this statute, by addressing women who seek “to conceive a child for herself, not as a surrogate.”
While there are no laws that deal specifically with surrogacy for gay or lesbian couples, a 2007 law made it legal for LGBT individuals to adopt the child of their same-sex partner.
Denver Surrogacy Agencies
Prospective parents who decide on surrogacy can be matched with a surrogate through a surrogacy agency. Make sure to research the surrogacy agency carefully, and ask questions regarding the psychological and physical screening requirements, as well as the limitations on number of times a woman can serve as a surrogate.
The following surrogacy agencies work with Denver residents:
- An Eggceptional Match, LLC
- Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
Surrogacy is considered very complex legally, so before you begin the process, speak first with a lawyer who specializes in surrogacy agreements.