Family Law | Surrogacy Agreements are based on Trust not Law

Viewers of the ITV soap Coronation Street may have been surprised to learn that Tina (the Surrogate Mother) is perfectly within her legal rights to refuse to hand over the child she agreed to have as a surrogate for biological parents, Izzy and Gary. In the soap Izzy is unable to carry a child due to her disability and so the couple entered into a surrogacy agreement with Tina. An embryo was created using Izzy’s egg and Gary’s sperm and therefore the child is biologically theirs, Tina has no genetic link to the child. However, having carried and given birth to him Tina now feels such a strong emotional attachment she is refusing to hand him over to Izzy and Gary as agreed. Continue reading