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PROGAR’S written submission re: Cm 9525 The Government’s Response to an incompatibility in the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008

A remedial order to allow a single person to obtain a parental order following a surrogacy arrangement.

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Project Group on Assisted Reproduction, PROGAR (https://www.basw.co.uk/progar/) has since the 1980s campaigned in the UK and overseas on matters concerning assisted reproduction, including surrogacy. We have variously worked in partnership with donor-conceived adults, Barnardo’s, Children’s Society, Donor Conception Network, British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), National Association of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers (NAGALRO), Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) and UK DonorLink.

OVERALL STATEMENT

PROGAR welcomes the Government’s response and supports the decision to use a Remedial Order to seek to extend eligibility to single people to apply for a Parental Order in respect of a child born as a result of surrogacy arrangements to whom they are genetically related.

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