- Proposed reforms provide access to surrogacy for male same-sex couples and single men
- These reforms reflect the changing social landscape and an inclusive society
Male same-sex couples and single men would have access to altruistic surrogacy arrangements under proposed amendments to Western Australia's surrogacy and human reproductive technology laws.
The proposed changes, which will be introduced into State Parliament today, add to the family formation options of adoption and fostering that are already available to male same-sex couples and single men in WA.
The Human Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 is set to remove restrictions to surrogacy for men and will bring WA into line with the majority of jurisdictions in Australia.
If the legislation passes, men will have the same access to surrogacy that women and heterosexual couples have had since 2009.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Australia has already embraced marriage equality. By providing men with access to altruistic surrogacy arrangements in WA, we are ensuring that our legislation is reflective of contemporary society.
"A growing body of research tells us that it is not the sexual orientation of parents but a supportive and loving home environment that is the key to producing happy, well-adjusted children.
"Men already have access to fostering and adoption. These changes would give them another avenue for forming a family."
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