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Prospective parents must go to court under new surrogacy law

Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30

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
Frances Fitzgerald will today publish the new Garda Authority bill

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

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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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