Portugal has recently been in the news regarding its surrogacy laws. The Portuguese parliament has adopted a law allowing surrogacy, which received applause from The National Council for Medically Assisted Procreation.
The Portuguese law allows commercial arrangements in which a couple hires a woman to be a gestational carrier. The legislation requires the potential surrogate to be a mother already. The contract must be authorized first by the National Council for Medically Assisted Procreation, the Portuguese branch that oversees the entire process.
Portugal has undergone several modifications regarding this topic in recent years. Initially, on August 22, 2016, surrogacy became authorized and then came into force on August 1, 2017. However, the statute was taken to the Supreme Court in 2018 and was declared unconstitutional until this November (2021).
And, there is still a great deal of controversy surrounding this topic between parties. For example, only the US and Canada allow male couples to have children born through surrogacy, allowing both men to equally have parental rights and both of their names on the child’s birth certificate. These laws are why male couples interested in surrogacy must go the international route.
Surrogacy is a long process, and those who choose international surrogacy can have a more difficult time. Shared Conception has had many successful journeys with our international clients, and our expertise in the process can make a smooth, happy, and beautiful journey for everyone.
If you are interested in having a surrogate, let Shared Conceptions make your dreams of a family a reality. Give us a call today, and we will help you get one step closer to the child you have always wanted. Visit https://sharedconception.com for more information.