Surrogacy

Aug 19, 2014

Q. Surrogacy entails a woman agreeing to bear a child, which is then transferred to other persons. Do you approve or disapprove of surrogacy in the following circumstances?

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

 

 

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Where the woman bearing the child is a close friend or relation and is not paid

69%

19%

23%

46%

9%

10%

12%

Where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia and is paid

58%

28%

15%

43%

15%

13%

13%

Where the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid

33%

51%

8%

25%

21%

30%

15%

A majority approve of surrogacy where the woman bearing the child is a close friend or relation and is not paid (69%) and where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia and is paid (58%) but disapprove if the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid (33% approve/51% disapprove).

A majority of all demographic and voter groups approved of surrogacy where the woman bearing the child lives in Australia – whether paid or unpaid.

For situations where the woman bearing the child lives in another country and is paid, those most likely to approve were aged under 45 (41%), Greens voters (53%) and those earning $1,600pw (44%). Those most likely to disapprove were aged 55+ (67%) and Liberal/National voters (58%).

Family Values Except for Surrogacy?

Sep 5, 2012

A week rarely goes by when some political figure doesn’t rise up to praise the concept of family. So, it seems odd, and even a little bizarre, to learn that people who want to start a family can end up fined and in jail.

No joke. Turns out that parents are willing to risk a lot to have a child via international surrogacy. As in two years in jail and a $110,000 fine because commercial surrogacy is illegal in three jurisdictions–NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

And that is at a time when a recent survey by Surrogacy Australia of 14 major international surrogacy agencies in India, the
US & Thailand during 2011 showed a 177% increase in babies born to Australians over a three year period.

That full research will be unveiled Friday by Sam Everingham of Stethoscope Research who will present his full findings at the 40th annual Australian Market and Social Research Society Conference in Melbourne. A quick peek at Everingham’s research reveals:

Despite the significantly lower total costs reported, almost half of respondents (46%) did not even consider altruistic surrogacy arrangements in Australia. The key reasons intending parents were put off included:

• the fear that an Australian surrogate would change her mind and decide to keep the child (60%)

• the feeling that asking someone to carry for love alone was too much to ask (48%)

• having no-one of the right age/ lifestage to ask (38%)

• too long/complicated a process (28%)

Of the 117 who at least considered altruistic surrogacy, nearly half (49%) did not ultimately go forward with such an arrangement. This group were most likely to report being unable to find a surrogate who would commit to carry altruistically. Other common reasons for failing to progress the arrangement were:

• risking damaging relationships with a surrogate who was already a close friend or relative

Seems like the law should catch up with the way people are trying to lead their lives, and be cognisant of the reasons people pursue international surrogacy. This seems like one of those laws mucking about with peoples’ private behaviour.