Texas is globally known to be one of the most surrogacy friendly regions for intended parents. Why you ask?
Texas enacted a surrogacy statute, which specifically allows gestational surrogacy agreements to be validated by the court. Texas law only requires either the intended parents or surrogate to be a resident of Texas; but not both.
Here at Shared Conceptions, we have clients from all over the United States and overseas. As long as they are matched with a Texas surrogate, the law applies.
Awesome right? This amazing act has provided a parents with a large amount of peace of mind when it comes to their new additions.
Dr. Al Rodriguez, a Plano fertility specialist, said these changes in legislature put Texas on the list of surrogacy-friendly states here at home and internationally.
“This enables the couple to have their name on the birth certificate –the intended parents, that is, and not the gestational mother who delivers the baby,” says Rodriguez (NBC)
Although the Texas surrogacy statute is a great stride in history, it does not protect “traditional” arrangements in which the gestational mother carries and relinquishes custody of her own biological child to the intended parents. It also does not apply to single intended parents or same sex parents.
Texas has come so far in advancing the outlook on surrogacy legally and from a familial standpoint. If the view on sharing the process of conception continues to grow, hopefully Texas will have no choice but to extend the law to protect single parents, homosexuals, and even HIV positive parents as seen in California.
The times are changing and hopefully we will evolve with it for the sake of surrogacy.