High Court judge calls for international regulation of the “surrogacy market”
4 July 2014 by Charlotte Knappett
High Court Judge Mr Justice Moylan has highlighted the difficulties which arise from the varying degrees of domestic regulation of surrogacy.
He said there was a “compelling need” for a “uniform system”.
Mr Justice Moylan sitting in the Family Division of the High Court made this comments when giving judgment on a case involving a boy born four years ago in the Republic of Georgia following a commercial surrogacy “arrangement” involving a clinic in Georgia.
He went on to say “This case provides a clear example of the difficulties created as a result of surrogacy arrangements being subject to varying degrees of domestic regulation, from significant regulation to none at all, and also because of the existence of significant differences in the effect of such domestic regulation”…”There is, in my view, a compelling need for a uniform system of regulation to be created by an international instrument in order to make available an appropriate structure in respect of what can only be described as the surrogacy market.”
Anyone considering Surrogacy both within this country or internationally is urged to seek legal advice before proceeding.