Reproductive Laws for South Africa

  • givfadmin
  • June 19, 2013 5:57 pm


Clinics appear to treat single women and unmarried couples. South Africa does not regulate PGD explicitly by legislation or professional guidelines, but the Medical Research Council of South Africa states that the use of technology in selecting fetal sex is unethical if done for non-medical purposes.

Egg/Sperm Donation

Both sperm and egg donation is permitted, but only anonymous donations.


Only uncompensated surrogacy is permitted, although reimbursement for pregnancy-related expenses is required. Additionally, the couple must be legally married and there must be a signed agreement by all parties and the surrogate must become pregnant within 18 months of the signed agreement; all parties should be living in South Africa at the signing of the agreement and a court in the jurisdiction where the surrogate mother is residing must confirm the agreement. In addition, complete confidentiality must be maintained regarding the identity of the child born from this agreement.

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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