In France, Germany, Italy and many states of the United States surrogacy is illegal while in the UK, no surrogacy contract or agreement is legally binding and the surrogate mother remains the legal mother of the child till a parental / adoption order is framed. So is more or less the case with Sweden.
Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Belgium and Netherlands.
In Canada and New Zealand, commercial surrogacy is illegal, but ‘altruistic’ surrogacy (without any payment) is permitted.
In Saudi Arabia religious authorities do not permit surrogate mothers.
Israel, however, became the first country in the world to implement a form of state-controlled surrogacy when in March 1996 Israeli government legalized gestational surrogacy with numerous restrictions that have prompted some intended parents to look elsewhere.
Recently, altruistic surrogacy has been legalized in most of Australia while commercial surrogacy is not permitted; India too has plans to frame a legislation to protect the genetic parents, surrogate mother and the child.
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