Surrogacy in Belgium

Surrogacy in Belgium
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Surrogacy in Belgium is not regulated by law, but is actively practiced. Belgium is one of the countries where surrogacy is not regulated at the legislative level. There are no specific regulations that would prohibit or allow the use of the services of surrogate mothers.

Is it legal to use the services of the surrogate mother in Belgium?

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Despite the fact that in 2015, the Belgian Senate passed a decree prohibiting “bearing children for others,” the country annually hosts international exhibitions on reproductive technologies and a lot of centers are overseeing the surrogacy programs. Gay couples come here to sign an agreement with a surrogate mother, who will give a birth to a child for the material reward.

The cost

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In Belgium, the field of surrogacy is not legally controlled, so people travel to countries where the field of reproductive technologies is regulated by law for infertility treatment. Foreign couples often choose Ukrainian clinics, among which VittoriaVita is the leading surrogacy agency in Ukraine.
VittoriaVita prepares individual programs, the cost of which varies from 36,000 to 50,000 euros.

Where is surrogacy also legal?

Ukraine

Every year couples from all over the world come to Ukrainian reproduction centers in searching of a surrogate mother in order to avoid misunderstandings with the law at home.

Benefits:

  • Surrogacy agencies work under a contract,
  • parental rights belong to spouses, there is no need for adoption,
  • affordable prices,
  • high quality of medical services,
  • a varied selection of clinics with established databases for surrogate mothers and germ cell donors,
  • fast paperwork for the child.

The minus is: the services of a surrogate mother cannot be used by single people and gay couples.

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Holland

Benefits:

  • Surrogacy is practiced only on a free basis.

Disadvantages: The government of the Netherlands has not created a regulatory framework that would regulate the rules for the use of surrogacy, while a strict ban was introduced on any advertising of surrogacy to customers and surrogates.

England (UK)

Benefits:

  • It is allowed to use the services of surrogate mothers, but without financial remuneration,
  • all surrogate mothers are legally entitled to pay for food, clothing and other expenses during pregnancy.

Disadvantages:

  • There are complex legal procedures for registering parental rights in the United Kingdom.

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Czech Republic

In 2014, after the adoption of the updated Civil Code, surrogacy in the Czech Republic was legitimized.
Benefits:

  • Both a married and an unmarried woman can carry a child for a pair of customers,
  • the girl must meet the requirements for the IVF procedure (the law “On specific medical services”),
  • the girl has the right to pay for IVF, medical examination, pregnancy and childbirth.

Disadvantages:

  • The legislation does not directly prohibit the use of services by surrogate women, but the law that would regulate this area of ​​medicine has not yet been developed,
  • there are many gaps in the legislation that complicate the process of registration of parental rights by biological father and mother,
  • surrogacy is allowed exclusively on a non-commercial basis, violation of the decree is regarded as a crime (article 169 of the Criminal Code),
  • the parental rights of genetic parents are not protected, and according to Czech law, the mother of the child is the girl who carried him.

To become a legal mother of your own child, you will have to adopt him.

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