Interview with Attorney Simi Denson on Surrogacy
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Simi Denson, Attorney at Law, P.C. to ask a few questions specific to surrogacy in Texas. This is what she had to say.
Q: What is the legal climate for Surrogacy in Texas right now?
A: We are lucky in Texas to have both favorable surrogacy laws and many courts that are familiar with and supportive of surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is a secure option for intended parents and carriers in Texas.
Q: How do you expect for the laws surrounding Surrogacy in Texas to change in the future?
A: In the past several Texas legislative sessions, no bills affecting our surrogacy statute have gotten much momentum. As far as I know, there is no push to change those laws.
Q: How does an intended parent’s genetic relationship to an embryo or marital status affect their ability to utilize a surrogate in Texas?
A: An intended parent's genetic relationship to an embryo is essentially irrelevant in Texas-- as long as the embryo legally belongs to the intended parent and is not created from the gestational carrier's egg, it is treated the same under the surrogacy statute, whether it is created from the intended parents' gametes or from third-party or donor gametes. The surrogacy statute only applies to married intended parents. While some courts may waive the marriage requirement in certain cases, if an intended parent is single or unmarried, it is important to discuss legal options with an experienced assisted reproduction attorney.
To sum it up, Texas is a great option for those looking to build their families through surrogacy, and we don’t expect that to change any time soon! Don’t hesitate in taking the next step, reach out today to find out how we can help you along the way, visit our website for all the details.