Reproductive Laws in New Zealand

  • givfadmin
  • April 24, 2013 9:37 pm

Overview

Clinics are open to treating married couples, single women and lesbian partnerships. Embryos, sperm and eggs cannot be stored for more than 10 years without permission of the Ethics Committee. Gender selection is prohibited unless it’s to prevent a genetic disorder or disease.

Egg/Sperm Donation

Uncompensated egg and sperm donation is permitted but there can be a waiting list over 3 years long for egg donors. There is a wait for sperm donors too but it is not as long. There are substantial penalties for paying for donor sperm or donor eggs. Offspring conceived through donor sperm or donor eggs will be made aware of genetic origins and will be able to secure info about the donor’s identity when s/he reaches age 16. Sperm donors are limited to 10 children per 4 families.

Surrogacy

There are substantial penalties for paying for commercial surrogacy arrangements. Surrogacy arrangements by a family member or close personal friend are supported. Surrogacy arrangements are not illegal, but not enforceable. Considerable consultation and counseling is usually required before the application can be made. Applications must be approved by the government and there is very limited public funding for IVF surrogacy and specific criteria need to be met. Offenses are considered criminal and subject to fines and imprisonment up to a year. If surrogacy takes place in a different country, intended parents will need to go through additional legal processes upon returning to New Zealand.

Disclaimer: Reproductive laws are a relatively new legal area and are in constant flux throughout the world. It is often hard to obtain current and accurate information, and we are always updating information on our site. Anyone pursuing reproductive assistance abroad should contact lawyers and clinics directly to confirm the current status in that country and any legal restrictions that might apply. GlobalIVF does not claim any accuracy for the information printed below and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you have additional or conflicting information please contact us and we will update our site.

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