February 19, 2016

Legal surrogacy law in Georgia

Hammer on table

In 1990’s Surrogacy in Georgia was legalized and Intended parents started traveling to Georgia for their surrogacy needs.

Since 1997 — egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy has been legal in Georgia.

According to the law a donor or surrogate mother has no parental rights over the child born. The intended parents will be registered as parents of the child. Even in the case an embryo obtained from an egg donation or sperm donation, which is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother, intended parents will be deemed as legal parents of the child.
The birth certificate will be issued immediately after the child’s birth – within 1 day. The intended parents will be registered as parents on the birth certificate. Consent of the surrogate mother is not required for registration.
The following will be required for registration of intended parents:
• Surrogacy Agreement
• Certificate of embryo transfer to the surrogate mother issued by the IVF clinic
• Certificate of the fact of childbirth issued by maternity hospital

Article 143

Extracorporeal fertilization (IVF) is allowed.
a) For the purpose of treatment of infertility, as well as in case of risk of transmission of genetic disease on a wife’s or a husband’s part, by using sex cells or an embryo of the couple or a donor, if the couple’s written consent has been obtained.
b) If a woman has no uterus, for the purpose of transfer and growth of the embryo obtained as a result of fertilization to the uterus of another woman (“surrogate mother”). The couple’s written consent is obligatory.
The couple is considered to be parents in case of the childbirth with the responsibility and authority ensuing from it. A donor or a “surrogate mother” has no right to be recognized as a parent of the born child.

Article 144

For the purpose of artificial fertilization it is possible to use female and male sex cells or an embryo conserved by the method of freezing. The time of conservation is determined according to the couple’s will by established procedure.