Untangling the Threads: Stakeholder Perspectives of the Legal and Ethical Issues Involved in Preparing Australian Consumers for Commercial Surrogacy Overseas

Lana Zannettino, Lauren Lines, Julian Grant, Sheryl L. de Lacey

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Abstract

This article focuses on the complexities of regulating Australians' access to commercial surrogacy overseas. Altruistic surrogacy is allowed in Australia but access to women willing to act as surrogates is limited and many Australians now seek surrogacy arrangements via commercial agencies overseas. This qualitative study interviewed key stakeholders in Australia, including clinicians providing reproductive medicine, lawyers providing legal services, consumer advocates, counsellors and health policy regulators. The aim of the study was to explore perceptions of various experts concerning commercial surrogacy overseas so as to identify issues for the establishment of ethical guidelines and surrogacy policies in Australia. A number of issues relevant to Australians seeking commercial surrogacy overseas were identified and in particular, relating to the level of informed decision-making required by intending parents as well as concerns for the welfare of children born. Amendments to current ethical guidelines and protections for children born and entering Australia are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-107
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • commercial
  • consultation
  • ethics
  • overseas
  • qualitative
  • social issues
  • surrogacy

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