The Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy
 




Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 611
Gurnee, IL 60031
Telephone:
(847)782-0224

Email: bzager@msn.com

  

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OPTS - Mission Statement

OPTS is a national, not-for-profit, all volunteer organization with some international members. We provide information, support, networking and advocacy for families built through surrogate parenting. Our members include parents, prospective parents, surrogate mothers, fertility centers and supporters of reproductive choice in 48 U.S. states and 5 foreign countries. Established in 1988, OPTS is a well-respected support and advocacy group...supported by many agencies, clinics, physicians, attorneys, psychologists and other professionals in the field. We are a community "voice for choice" on behalf of the one in every six infertile couples who may need assistance from a surrogate mother to build a family.

OPTS is an independent organization, supported by dues and donations, and is not run by any particular surrogacy service or practitioner. We offer our support services to all parents of surrogate-born children regardless of whether they have gone independently or through an agency.

OPTS functions as a community resource, receiving referral calls from other organizations and providing speakers for various boards, commissions and groups.

OPTS volunteers receive calls every day from infertile couples and surrogate mothers seeking information, connection and support.

OPTS publishes an annual newsletter in addition to having a website at www.opts.com. We also have regional meetings around the country.

OPTS seeks to keep options for the infertile open by advocating and supporting all alternative birth technologies when used in an ethical manner. However, OPTS does not function as a Better Business Bureau or licensing or oversight board and cannot guarantee satisfaction with any particular surrogacy business, agency, fertility center or internet resource.

There shall be no barrier to membership based on race, religion, sex, ethnic origin or ancestry.



INFERTILITY AND ADOPTION

It is estimated that one out of every six infertile couples of childbearing age has suffered the heartbreak of infertility.

Infertility is finally being recognized as a legitimate medical condition. A number of states now have mandated coverage for infertility treatment.

Adoption can't even begin to fill the needs of the infertile couples who want to have families. Fifty or more couples wait for every available child.

Surrogacy opponents often wonder why infertile couples don't open their hearts and homes to "special needs" children waiting for adoption. The fact is that these children need to be placed in families that have extraordinary resources (emotionally and financially) to deal with their special needs.

It is unrealistic to attempt to place the burden of care for special needs children on couples who have already been traumatized by their own "special needs."




ABOUT SURROGATE PARENTING

99% of all surrogate parenting arrangements have been successful. The surrogate mother feels her life has been enriched by helping an infertile couple, the couple has a much-wanted child and the child not only has life, but will grow in the knowledge that he or she was very much wanted, created through loving co-operation.

Unfortunately, the 1% of problem cases have resulted in some negative legislation impacting on the right of infertile couples and surrogate mothers to choose the option.

Some opponents consider surrogacy to be "baby-selling." The facts are that a genetic father cannot buy his own child. Surrogate mothers are compensated for their time, work and inconvenience before, during and after the pregnancy. A child would not exist and the surrogate mother would not conceive the child but for the desire of the infertile couple to build their family.

There are several types of surrogacy arrangements: Classic (AI) Surrogacy where the surrogate conceives using her own ovum, Gestational (IVF) Surrogacy where the ovum comes from the intended mother or Donor Surrogacy, where the egg is donated by a third party.



SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS


Surrogate parenting is a viable and successful option for infertile couples to build their family.

Legislation should regulate (not prohibit) surrogacy arrangements, with the welfare and safety of all involved parties in mind.

Banning surrogacy would stigmatize the thousands of children already in existence..

Banning surrogacy contracts will not stop these arrangements from taking place. They would continue to occur "underground" without the precautions and protections afforded by proper professional guidance. This would open the door to abuse of the parties involved.

Surrogacy arrangements have had an extremely low failure rate (less than 1%) as compared to adoption (15% failure rate), foster care (25% failure rate) and marriage (50% failure rate). Yet we do not ban these other arrangements based on their failure rate.

Infertile couples have a constitutional right to procreate, as all Americans do, and perhaps even more importantly also have the right to privacy.

Surrogate parenting is a unique and special relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Infertile couples have no desire to gain their much longed for family at the expense of another person's well being.

OPTS hopes you'll join us in supporting surrogate parenting. We welcome your participation and your membership
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2007 OPTS - The Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy