Tororo Woman Member of Parliament Sarah Opendi has secured leave of parliament to introduce the surrogacy bill.
Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person who will or become the actual parent.
The proposed law will look at sperm donors and legalities to do with surrogacy among others. The former Minister of Health in charge of General duties, who is behind the proposed Surrogacy and Assisted Technology Bill, says that although different mechanisms of getting children through the participation of other partners are already happening in the country, it is unregulated.
Opendi explained that Uganda has facilities like the Specialized Women’s Hospital in Mulago, with qualified specialists in this field.
She said that the law will protect surrogate mothers among others, and children born out of surrogacy.
Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal questioned if surrogacy will not cause a huge storm, saying that as a traditionalist, this may go against culture.
Dr. Michael Bukenya, the Bukuya Constituency MP who is a specialist in Obstetrician, Gynecology, and fertility treatment, said that there are more than 10 fertility treatment centres in the country but there is no regulation.
He said that the process involves third parties like sperm donors, surrogate mothers and the parents, which needs to be supported. He said the private member was actually helping government in proposing the laws.
However, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among said that they were not yet discussing the merits of the proposals.
She asked parliament to grant the legislator leave to table the proposal for debate. The house voted to allow Opendi to prepare the bill and present the proposals for debates.