WA Government Announces Review Of Surrogacy Laws

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WA surrogacy laws may soon allow same-sex couples to have children using surrogates following the announcement of a review into the state’s reproductive technology laws.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the state’s laws were “out of step” with other Australian jurisdictions.

“These laws are outdated in parts and are arguably not meeting current needs and developments in practice occurring in other Australian states.

“This review is long overdue and I encourage all interested parties to take the time to make a submission and have their say.”

Unlike other states – including Queensland – non-commercial surrogacy is not available to Western Australian same-sex couples, prompting some to travel overseas to access commercial surrogacy.

The review, which will look at the state’s Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and the Surrogacy Act 2008, will be undertaken by Deakin University Associate Professor Sonia Allan who recently completed a review of similar legislation in South Australia.

University of WA Professor of Reproductive Medicine Roger Hart told The West Australian it was time to review the laws because the technology now available was not envisaged when the legislation was first enacted.

“For example, the stage that the embryo is now tested is more advanced than five years ago and the potential for harm to the developing embryo are now believed to be less,” Professor Hart said.

“In my opinion the restrictions placed upon which couples are allowed to have their embryos tested should be relaxed to assist couples by providing them more information to help them to make decisions with respect to their own treatment.”

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