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Martina Devlin: Selfless act of carrying childless sister's babies shouldn't need a judge to decide who's the mother

Published 31/01/2013 | 17:00

A HUSBAND and wife are gripped by baby hunger. It is a deep-seated yearning that swells in urgency as they stumble and fall along their journey to parenthood.

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After a litany of disappointments, they turn to fertility treatment. Tests are carried out, and it is established that the woman in this couple is unable to carry their child. So her sister lends them her body for nine months.

Her gift is a declaration of sisterhood – a philanthropic gesture that's a concrete expression of love.

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