Indian Surrogacy Case
9th October 2014
As an organisation dedicated to best practice in surrogacy arrangements, recent reports in the media about an Australian couple who allegedly abandoned a baby in India, leaves us angry and concerned. In regard to this case, our primary concern is for the children involved.
However we do not support any call for a government enquiry. We know there are some Australians who should not be afforded the right to engage in surrogacy arrangements. What is needed is urgent reform of Australian law and policy by state governments. The absence of legal recognition of Australian children born via overseas surrogacy needs urgent review, and will assist in emphasising the huge responsibility intended parents take in creating children. This is something that Surrogacy Australia is working hard to help bring about.
Current domestic Australian surrogacy law and policy is failing to provide effective, well-managed pathways to family formation. This is a call for Australian governments to invest time and money in learning about best practice in surrogacy, and to invest in consumer education in this area.
Surrogacy Australia believes that in the interests of the hundreds of children born each year to Australians via surrogacy:
· Investment in consumer education and counselling of Australians considering surrogacy is of paramount importance.
· Australia needs an affordable and properly regulated compensated surrogacy framework which takes advantage of our leading IVF practices; and
· Australian laws must be changed to provide recognition of legal parenthood to families with children born overseas through surrogacy
· As best practice, overseas clinics should insist on mandatory police checks and pre-arrangement counselling of intended parents.
This website supports Australians who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements. We are an incorporated not-for-profit association, registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria. General information on altruistic and commercial surrogacy, useful groups and upcoming information and social events are open to all.
Without members, our organisation is unable to have its voice heard.
To assist us advocate for surrogacy reform, and to access full site functionality, including the latest research, statistics on international clinics, how-to guides to surrogacy, blogs and videos, you need to be a member - $70 single, $80 per couple annually, payable by credit card.
Current Australian Medicare policy forbids Medicare rebates for IVF use for Surrogacy. This is a great discrimination for couples whose only option to create a family is through surrogacy. With general out of pocket IVF costs for non-surrogacy purposes now being around $1,500 - people wanting to do an IVF cycle for surrogacy purposes are forced to pay on average $12,000 - $18,000.
Surrogacy Australia is currenly lobbying for Medicare reform that ensures no discrimination for couples who need to access IVF for surrogacy purposes. We are urguing the public to find your local federal MP, arrange a meeting with them and voice your concerns about the Medicare laws. The point of the meeting with your local MP is to get them to write to Federal Health Minister Hon Peter Dutton about the need to change the unfair Medicare laws. Ask your friends, your family etc to get involved. Hopefully with your help, we all can make a change.
You can also join the facebook revolution here. Thank you to Tereasa Trevor for your tireless work. Please see Tereasa's informative poster below.
Read personal stories of how Medicare inequality affects the public at the Medicareless blog here