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Surrogacy in Greenville, SC
Surrogacy is a third-party assisted reproductive technology option in which a woman carries a child for another woman who cannot conceive or sustain a pregnancy. Women may choose surrogacy if they have had recurrent miscarriages or anomalies of the uterus. Gay couples also look to surrogacy as a way to have a child with a biological connection to one of the partners.
You can opt to use a traditional surrogate or a gestational surrogate. Traditional surrogates are inseminated with sperm from the intended male partner or from a donor. In this case, the child will be related biologically to the surrogate. Some couples prefer the surrogate to have no biological relation to the child. In this case, a gestational surrogate is used. Gestational surrogates are implanted with an embryo, either from a donor or the couple, a the gestational surrogate has no biological connection to the child.
Surrogacy in South Carolina
While South Carolina does not have specific state laws that deal with surrogacy, limited case law seems to show that surrogacy agreements may be acceptable.
A 2003 Federal District Court case sought to answer the question of whether the husband of a surrogate could claim the surrogate’s child as his natural child on his insurance policy. The court ruled that the surrogate’s husband could not do this, since a surrogacy agreement was already in place.
Surrogacy for gay or lesbian couples has not been brought up in South Carolina court, but there are no laws prohibiting GLBT couples from jointly adopting a child or adopting the child of a partner.
Greenville, SC, Surrogacy Agencies
Many couples choose surrogacy agencies to match them with a surrogate. Surrogacy agencies differ on their requirements, but many require substantial physical and psychological screening before a woman can serve as a surrogate. You should research potential surrogacy agencies carefully before you begin working with one.
The following surrogacy agencies work with intended parents from the Greenville area:
- Baby Steps, LLC
- Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
- The Surrogacy SOURCE
The fertility clinics in Greenville - Piedmont Reproductive Endocrinology Group, and
the University Medical Group, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility - also work with surrogates.
Surrogacy is considered legally complex, so it is important you talk first with a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law before you begin the process.