Western Australia’s “outdated” surrogacy and reproductive technology laws discriminate against gay couples and should be changed, a review of the legislation has recommended.
In January last year, the state government announced an independent review of WA’s assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy legislation. The review’s report by Deakin University associate professor Sonia Allan was released last week and makes 122 recommendations.
Among them, the report found current legislation discriminated against people on the grounds of their sex and relationship status, contrary to Commonwealth law.
“Male same-sex couples can’t access assisted reproductive technology or surrogacy. There are also barriers for women who are facing impending fertility,” Dr Allan told ABC News.