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Surrogacy in Pittsburgh, PA
Surrogacy is often considered the most legally complex of all third party reproductive techniques. A surrogate carries a child for a woman or couple who, for a variety of reasons, is unable to carry the pregnancy.
The two types of surrogacy are gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the carrier is inseminated with the sperm of the intended father or a sperm donor. The resulting child is biologically related to the surrogate. Gestational surrogates carry a child that is not biologically related to her. The child has been conceived of the intended mother’s egg or a donor egg, and the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm.
Surrogacy Laws in Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania law does not specifically address the legality of surrogacy or surrogacy agreements. However, past cases on the issue of surrogacy in Pennsylvania have ruled unfavorably for surrogacy agreements. Regarding gestational surrogacy, Pennsylvania courts have ruled in favor of the intended parents in the 2006 case of a surrogate who sought custody of the triplets she carried.
Joint adoption by a couple is legal in Pennsylvania, regardless of sexual orientation. A same-sex partner can adopt the child of his or her partner as well.
Surrogacy Agencies in Pittsburgh
A surrogacy agency will match intended parents with a surrogate. A thorough medical and psychological screening must be completed before a surrogate is recommended by an agency. Be sure to research agencies and the legalities of surrogacy before proceeding.
It is recommended that you enlist the help of a Family Building, or Reproductive Law attorney to navigate the road to parenthood through third party reproduction.
The following surrogacy agency is located in Pittsburgh, PA:
- North American Surrogacy Center