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Surrogacy in Wisconsin
Surrogacy is an advanced assisted reproductive technique in which one woman, known as the surrogate, gives birth to a child for another woman or a couple, known as the intended parent(s). Surrogacy is often considered one of the most legally complex of the ART techniques because there is a third party—the surrogate—involved.
There are two types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate is inseminated with donor sperm—making the resulting child the surrogate’s biologic relation. Most people prefer to use gestational surrogacy. With gestational surrogacy, the surrogacy is implanted with a donor embryo—in this case, the child will not be her biological relation.
Some intended parents are matched with a surrogate through a fertility clinic or a surrogacy agency. Others ask a woman they know to serve as a surrogate for them.
Surrogacy Laws in Wisconsin
Like many states, there are no laws on the books in Wisconsin that deal specifically with surrogacy. However, a court has recently ruled that surrogacy agreements are considered valid contracts.
Because there is no legislation that specifically details the legality of surrogacy in the state, it is especially important that you retain the services of a reproductive law attorney if you are considering the procedure. A reproductive law attorney can help make sure your rights are protected throughout the process.
Finding a Surrogate in Wisconsin
If you are interested in surrogacy in Wisconsin, you can be matched with a surrogate through a surrogacy agency. The following agencies work with intended parents in the state:
- The Surrogacy Center, Madison, WI
- Pink & Blue Surrogacy and Fertility, Waterloo, WI
You can also be matched with a surrogate through a Wisconsin fertility clinic. Many intended parents prefer this route since everything is handled in one location.