Reproductive Laws for Taiwan

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  • June 19, 2013 5:58 pm

Overview

Marriage is required to receive fertility treatments. The law specifically excludes single people, homosexuals, and non-traditional arrangements. Couples using assisted reproduction must sign an agreement beforehand stating that should one die or if they divorce, the eggs or sperm collected will be destroyed.

Egg/Sperm Donation

There must be either healthy sperm from the male or healthy eggs from the female–couples cannot use both donated eggs and donated sperm.   Donors can be known or anonymous. At a minimum, couples will be provided information about the sperm or egg donor’s race, skin color, and blood type by health professionals in order to determine its acceptability. Other information such as the donor’s occupation will be kept private. When the child reaches adulthood and is to marry, the child will be able to request that the Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) check the records against the proposed spouse to make sure the couple is not close relatives. To ensure that an individual’s eggs or sperm are only used once, hospitals must destroy what is left over after successful delivery of a child conceived of that individual’s donation. A donor cannot donate again after a pregnancy results from her donation. However, this means that couples wishing to have multiple children have to find another donor, creating even more bloodlines within the family. Sperm and ovum donors are paid a symbolic $1500 – $3000US respectively as a “nutrition payment.”

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is practiced although surrogates cannot be compensated. Surrogates must be under 40 years of age, the Intended Father under 55 and Intended Mother under 50.  Both Intended Parents must have a biological connection to the child. The Intended Mother must have medical proof that her uterus is incapable of carrying a child. The couple and the surrogate mother have to sign a contract in written form, and have it notarized by the court.  Neither the surrogate nor Intended Parents are allowed to advertise. If somebody violates the regulation, he or she will be sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years and a fine.

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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