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Surrogacy-Accommodating State
31
Surrogacy-Friendly State
11
Less Friendly States
6
Prohibited
3

Surrogacy Legal States 2023

Surrogacy Legal States 2023

Is Surrogacy Illegal?

A surrogate enters into a contract to carry and birth a child for another person or couple. While this method has been practiced for thousands of years, only recently do we have the technology to implant a fully conceived zygote into another woman's uterus, meaning that the child can be 100% related to its biological parents.

Surrogacy is not illegal in the United States on a federal level. However, each law is different in each state. The list below not only lists the states that are friendly and unfriendly to their stance on surrogacy but also the states in which it is best to become a surrogate and have your rights protected.

How are Surrogacy Laws Created?

It is important to note that there are no laws that explicitly were created for surrogacy but rather they arose out of both convenience and inconvenience. Many laws or acts that were enacted were due to different lawsuits. The fundamental issues regarding surrogacy are extensive, including the "possession" of the child, compensation, and full legal custody. Furthermore, surrogacy can be an expensive option, both for the surrogate and the intended parent(s), meaning that on top of the medical bills associated with pregnancy, the surrogate must also be compensated for the "service".

This has given rise to different ways that states handle surrogacy laws and damages in the case that disputes arise - but these are not ironclad. For example, Arkansas was the first state to introduce a law that related to surrogacy in 1989. It stipulates that the child belongs to the biological father and the father's wife, whether or not that child is genetically related to the mother or not. This discourages surrogates from claiming that the child is theirs in the case that the father's sperm is mixed with the surrogate's egg. It also states that if the child was conceived through donor sperm, the surrogate would be recognized as the lawful mother. The law does not seem to indicate how same-sex couples would benefit.

What Should Be Addressed in Surrogacy Laws?

It is difficult to ascertain exactly what issues could arise, but most situations are sensitive. Compensation, rightful custody, and non-traditional values need to be examined and carefully planned out. Regardless of the laws, surrogacy will go on to exist for individuals and couples that cannot procreate without the help of a surrogate, making it one of America's most controversial topics.

Surrogacy Legal States 2023

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State
Surrogacy Legality Law
AlabamaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
AlaskaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
ArizonaLess Friendly States
ArkansasSurrogacy-Accommodating State
CaliforniaSurrogacy-Friendly State
ColoradoSurrogacy-Accommodating State
ConnecticutSurrogacy-Friendly State
DelawareSurrogacy-Friendly State
District of ColumbiaSurrogacy-Friendly State
FloridaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
GeorgiaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
HawaiiSurrogacy-Accommodating State
IdahoLess Friendly States
IllinoisSurrogacy-Accommodating State
IndianaLess Friendly States
IowaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
KansasSurrogacy-Accommodating State
KentuckySurrogacy-Accommodating State
LouisianaProhibited
MaineSurrogacy-Friendly State
MarylandSurrogacy-Accommodating State
MassachusettsSurrogacy-Accommodating State
MichiganProhibited
MinnesotaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
MississippiSurrogacy-Accommodating State
MissouriSurrogacy-Accommodating State
MontanaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
NebraskaProhibited
NevadaSurrogacy-Friendly State
New HampshireSurrogacy-Friendly State
New JerseySurrogacy-Friendly State
New MexicoSurrogacy-Accommodating State
New YorkSurrogacy-Accommodating State
North CarolinaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
North DakotaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
OhioSurrogacy-Accommodating State
OklahomaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
OregonSurrogacy-Accommodating State
PennsylvaniaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
Rhode IslandSurrogacy-Friendly State
South CarolinaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
South DakotaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
TennesseeLess Friendly States
TexasSurrogacy-Accommodating State
UtahSurrogacy-Accommodating State
VermontSurrogacy-Friendly State
VirginiaLess Friendly States
WashingtonSurrogacy-Friendly State
West VirginiaSurrogacy-Accommodating State
WisconsinSurrogacy-Accommodating State
WyomingLess Friendly States
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Surrogacy Legal States 2023

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