27 May 2022

Law Commission details suggested changes to surrogacy law

From Checkpoint, 5:40 pm on 27 May 2022

The laws governing surrogacy in NZ are outdated and in need of a major overall according the Law Commission review.

Top of the list changing the legal status of intended parents who use a surrogate; meaning they will no longer have to adopt their own child after it's born.

At the moment the person carrying the baby is the legal parent regardless of whose genetic material is used.

The review also calls for clarification of what costs a surrogate can be reimbursed for.

But it does not recommend full commercial surrogacy. To discuss the findings is the Law Commissions principal adviser Nichola Lambie.