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The Right to Have a Child Regardless of Sexual Orientation

Friday, June 23, 2017
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CSP: Devoted to Providing Surrogacy, Regardless of Sexual Orientation
In the 1970s, the first glimpses emerged of the possibilities to be achieved through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In the years since then, IVF and other fertility treatments have provided options for many adults to conceive a child who shares their genetic DNA. There were few options in the past for LGBT individuals or couples to become parents and share a genetic link with their child, but today, technological advances and increased knowledge in fertility medicine have improved. Although there have been great strides in the accessibility of IVF and reproductive medicine for both straight and LGBT couples or individuals, some social and political climates still lag behind medical progress when it comes to conceiving children outside of traditional methods, which can complicate the process.

Dedicated to the LGBT Right to Parenthood

At the Center for Surrogate Parenting, we recognize the right of every adult to become a parent, regardless of sexual orientation or whether they are single or in a committed relationship. CSP's history reflects our dedication to providing ethical, professional, confidential, sympathetic, and compassionate LGBT surrogacy services for couples and individuals who, for one reason or another, are unable to conceive a child without the aid of reproductive technology, such as IVF. In 1989, we helped our first same-sex couple achieve their dreams of becoming the parents of a healthy child and, since that time, we've continued that legacy for couples and individuals who identify as LGBT.
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Medical Necessity

Before entering into a surrogacy agreement with any couple or individual, CSP requires documented proof of medical necessity. Surrogacy is a complex process and, despite the fact that more than 50,000 healthy children are born each year through this option, it is closely scrutinized and its practices monitored for ethical and legal issues.

The agreement and subsequent medical treatments and screenings must meet a wide variety of legal requirements that protect not only the intended parents, but also the surrogate mother, the future child, and the medical professionals, along with the agencies that provide screenings and other services for the surrogacy process. Most IVF specialists will only work with people who have an identifiable medical—or sometimes psychological—reason for turning to surrogacy.

Before accepting individuals or couples as clients, CSP asks them for specific, personal information regarding their reproductive background, including IVF attempts and other details about their fertility concerns or challenges. We've found this approach protects everyone involved in the surrogacy process, and allows us to not only maintain our ethical and legal obligations, but to provide a beautiful journey to parenthood for thousands of individuals and couples regardless of sexual orientation.

Gay Parenting

The options for gay men to become parents are generally limited to adoption or surrogacy. In many ways, surrogacy is a more emotionally satisfying experience than that of adoption. Not only does surrogacy allow for a biological connection to the child, it allows the individual or couple an opportunity to be involved in the pregnancy from the very beginning, and to share the experience with the surrogate through the birth of the child.

Conceiving a child is not medically possible for a male individual or a gay couple without some type of medical intervention. A female must serve as an egg donor in order to create a child, so IVF is used to accomplish this goal. CSP has decades of experience resulting in successful same-sex surrogacy experiences for gay individuals and couples alike. There are a variety of options for gay couples in deciding whose sperm will be used in the fertilization process. We'll discuss those options with you and answer any questions you have.
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Lesbian Individuals and Couples

We welcome the opportunity to provide surrogacy for lesbian couples. To be accepted into the CSP surrogacy program, both women must show an inability to conceive or to carry a child to term. If only one of the women is infertile, there are other options available for the couple to achieve pregnancy, so they would not meet our requirement of medical necessity.

Individuals who identify as a lesbian and wish to conceive a child, but are unable to do so due to a documented history of reproductive health issues, would meet the CSP medical necessity requirement.

Lesbian couples or individuals accepted into the CSP surrogacy program undergo the same screenings as straight, gay, or transgender couples and individuals. Once the screenings are completed, our staff matches you with a surrogate who believes in and supports your right to become the parent of a child who shares your genetic makeup. We support each step of the surrogacy from the sperm donation selection to the birth of your child.
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Transgender


For individuals who identify as transgender and wish to enlist our surrogacy services, we are happy to help. We understand your transition carries complex medical and psychological factors and we are associated with the world's leading medical and psychological professionals.

Some transgender couples or individuals choose to freeze their eggs or sperm before any transition procedures begin. Because hormone therapy is also a part of transition, and it is still a relatively new field, additional medical advice would be advised.

Our case management professionals and medical consultants will work with you to find any options that may offer solutions for your fertility challenges in a confidential and compassionate way, and to determine if you meet our medical necessity guidelines.

Our Goal

The CSP goal is not to exclude hopeful intended parents, but to maintain our ability to withstand any legal, medical, or ethical questions regarding our surrogacy practices and, at the same time, enable you, your surrogate, your future child, your families, and our agency professionals to safeguard your experience and ensure a secure and joyous result.

We offer our services to potential parents of any sexual orientation and welcome their questions regarding the surrogacy process. We provide private consultations for those who aren't sure if they meet the guidelines of medical necessity, and offer pertinent, non-judgmental answers. If you are considering surrogacy, we invite you to complete the informational questionnaire on our website, and we will contact you to set up a consultation.
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