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Surrogacy in Washington, D.C.

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Surrogacy in Washington, D.C.

For some women who cannot conceive a child or carry a pregnancy to term, surrogacy can be welcome option for having a child. In surrogacy, a woman carries and gives birth to a child for another woman or a couple.

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s eggs are used, along with sperm from the male partner of the intended parents or a sperm donor. Traditional surrogacy results in a child who shares biological and genetic ties with the surrogate.

A child born from gestational surrogacy is not biologically related to the surrogate. In this procedure, a fertilized egg (embryo), made up of the intended parents’ egg and sperm, or in some cases donor egg or donor sperm, is implanted in the surrogate.

Couples can choose to ask a friend or relative to function as their surrogate, or they can be matched with a surrogate through an agency.

Surrogacy Laws in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s legal stance on surrogacy agreements can be found in the District of Columbia Code 16-401 and 402. Under this law, all surrogacy agreements are prohibited and unenforceable. This prohibition applies to both traditional and gestational surrogacy, regardless of the sexual orientation of those involved. Violation of the statute is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, up to one year in jail, or both.

This law only applies to surrogacy agreements, not the actual act of surrogacy.

Washington, D.C. Surrogate Agencies

Surrogacy agencies in the Washington, D.C. area match up surrogates with couples who are unable to conceive. As one of the requirements for these organizations, every potential surrogate must undergo complete physical screenings and vigorous psychological evaluations. Surrogacy agencies in the Washington, D.C. area include:

  • Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
  • Creative Family Connections LLC
  • ConceiveAbilities
  • Egg Donor Surrogacy USA
  • Northeast Assisted Fertility Group

Surrogacy is often considered the most complex of the assisted reproductive technology options, because there is a third person involved. For that reason, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer specializing in surrogacy and fertility issues.

Before you choose a surrogacy agency, make sure you research each carefully. It is important you are fully aware of all of the fees involved and responsibilities of both parties before you begin your surrogacy process.