Rosanna Davison has spoken about her hopes of an “early Christmas present” ahead of proposed amendments to new legislation surrounding surrogacy in Ireland.
Three Government ministers have agreed on amendments to a bill to give full legal rights to parents of children born through international surrogacy with a memo due before Cabinet shortly.
The Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022, which is currently going through the Dáil, is expected to be tweaked to allow second parents of children born through international surrogacy to apply for full rights.
The former Miss World (38), whose first child Sophia (3) was born via gestational surrogacy in Ukraine, told the Irish Independent that it’s “incredibly important” that this legislation goes through.
She also has twins Oscar and Hugo (2) with husband Wes Quirke and has been among those campaigning for years to see full rights given to both parents of babies born via surrogacy.
Currently Wes is the one recognised as Sophia’s legal parent, following on from a DNA test, while Rosanna is only her legal guardian until she is 18.
“If the worst thing possible happens to Wes then Sophia could be left without a legal parent, which affects her whole life and her relationship with my family,” said Ms Davison.
“She would have no legal relationship with her grandparents or uncles. It affects things like medical consent forms and inheritance tax.
“Plus I would have to have that conversation with her when she’s older that she’s not seen as equal to her brothers, despite them all being my biological children.
“Imagine the psychological stress that it would cause a young person knowing that?
“So the sooner it can be brought into law the better.”
The proposed amendments have cross-party support from Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Justice Minister Helen McEntee and Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman.
Along with Irish Families Through Surrogacy, Rosanna has been campaigning to see the changes come into effect before the end of 2022.
“I don’t want to get too excited but there was mention that it may happen this side of Christmas, which would be incredible,” she said.
“It means we can start the new year going into the courts getting the parental orders granted.
“Once the legislation is brought in, it’s quite a straightforward process to go in and get your papers signed. So it would be a great Christmas present for us and all the other families.”
Speaking ahead of unveiling the Yuletide season at Carrickmines Park, she said she is now looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family including her parents, singer Chris de Brugh and mum Diane.
Once a regular globe-trotter, she said she “hasn’t been on a plane this year” as she embraces being a busy mother of three children under four.
Last weekend saw all three of them celebrating their birthdays within three days of each other.
She was helping to launch the official start of the festive season at Carrickmines Park with the turning on of the Christmas lights.
“I think we’ll keep our plans low-key this year. What can you do with three toddlers really? We do have some lovely Christmas evenings coming up with some nice winter wonderland events to go to. We’re trying to really enjoy the run-up to Christmas really.”