Tuesday 17 October 2017

Prospective parents must go to court under new surrogacy law

Couples seeking to have a child through surrogacy face going to court to receive permission
Couples seeking to have a child through surrogacy face going to court to receive permission
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Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Couples seeking to have a child through surrogacy face going to court to receive permission, under proposals being discussed by Government.

There is no legislation governing surrogacy, but the Department of Health is in the early stages of drafting new laws on the issue, which has become a focal point of the same-sex marriage referendum.

The Irish Independent understands senior members of Government favour introducing measures that will require potential parents to tell the courts their reasons for having a child through a surrogate.

The courts would take into account the child's interests and those of the mother who is proposing to carry the baby before allowing a surrogacy arrangement to take place.

"I would envisage court services around surrogacy potentially before it happens. It has to be in the best interest of the child," a senior Government source said.

Irish Independent

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