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The Washington legislature approves surrogacy as a lawful option for prospective parents.
Gays and lesbians are welcome to benefit from surrogacy too. The Washington Department of Health’s Center for Health Statistics (CHS) reports that surrogate parenting arrangements have been successfully completed by gay couples and singles.
Pennsylvania currently has no laws or upper level court decisions that directly address surrogate parenting or the enforceability of a surrogate parenting agreement.
As a matter of fact, a growing number of people, including gays and lesbians, have successfully brought children into their families through surrogacy in Pennsylvania.
Intended parents are required to complete a questionnaire which introduces him/her/them to the potential surrogate mother. The following questions may be included on your questionnaire:
Name and Age:
When and where were you born?
Where were you raised?
How many siblings do you have?
What order were you born? (youngest, eldest, only child?)
Is your mother living? Is your father living? Are all your siblings living? If not, at what age did they pass away?
Boston's Circle Surrogacy sponsored a seminar in at the New York City GLBT Community Center called "Men Having Babies". See highlights of the meeting in this 5-minute clip.
Some believe public controversy over surrogate motherhood is accelerating. Sometimes women who choose to bear children voluntarily for someone else are seen as cold and mercenary, because they seem to so easily “give away their babies". Some believe it's reprehensible because it represents a “rejection" of the infant by its biological mother.
Although critics have been vocal, there is little actual data to substantiate these claims. The American Surrogacy Center (TASC) conducted a study to assess the reality of assumptions behind this stereotype.