According to the Fertility Society of Australia, 3.3% of Australians have been born through fertility treatments. Professor Gab Kovacs says “IVF has become very socially acceptable now. When we first started doing IVF 30 years ago people use to keep it a secret – they were embarrassed about it – but now it’s very routine treatment.”
Professor Kovacs also points to IVF screening becoming more and more common for genetic diseases, even for fertile couples.
With recent changes to laws surrounding non-commercial surrogacy arrangements and same sex couples being permitted to undergo IVF treatment, the scope for further increases in the numbers of children born through assisted conception treatment is sure to rise even further. The law in relation to these issues will be required to keep pace.It will become more and more common for one parent of children born through such procedures not to have any biological link to the child, and yet still play very significant role in the care, welfare and development of that child.
If you need advice in relation to your rights concerning surrogacy or parenting of a child arising from assisted conception, please do not hesitate to contact our office.