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Surrogacy in Wyoming
Many reproductive specialists consider surrogacy to be the most legally complex of all of the assisted reproductive technologies. That’s because it includes a third party—the surrogate—so her rights must be considered as well as those of the intended parents and the resulting child.
There are two types of surrogacy. The first is called traditional surrogacy, which is a process in which the surrogate is inseminated with donor sperm. The resulting child will be biologically related to the surrogate. Many intended couples aren’t comfortable with this, and fear it may have legal repercussions, so they choose gestational surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, a surrogate is implanted with a donor embryo. With this procedure, the child will not be biologically related to the surrogate.
Surrogacy Laws in Wyoming
There are no state laws or provisions that deal with surrogacy or surrogacy agreements in the state of Wyoming. However, since surrogacy is not prohibited in state law, it seems as if it would be permissible.
If you are considering using surrogacy, it’s important to retain the services of a reproductive rights attorney, who will make sure the rights of the surrogate and the intended parents, are protected.
Finding a Surrogate in Wyoming
There are no fertility clinics or surrogacy agencies in Wyoming, so if you are looking to find a surrogate, you may have to look outside of the state. There are fertility clinics in the bordering states of Idaho, Colorado, and Montana who work with surrogates. Checking in with one of these clinics can help you determine whether they can match you with a surrogate, or if they can refer you to a surrogacy agency in the state.