Saturday 21 April 2018

Lifting surrogacy out of the shadows

Action must be taken to help 'secret' Irish parents who fear losing their surrogate children, writes Josepha Madigan

Invisible problem: Many mums who used surrogates have no legal rights to their child
should something happen to the father. Picture posed by models
Invisible problem: Many mums who used surrogates have no legal rights to their child should something happen to the father. Picture posed by models

Josepha Madigan

I had coffee with an old acquaintance last week. Let's call her Angela. Angela is married to John and they have one daughter. She tells me that the Irish State doesn't recognise her relationship with her child (let's call her Lauren).

Lauren has no PPS number yet, even though she is five months old.

Angela is one of many people who brought surrogate children into Ireland without notifying the authorities. Angela has a US passport for Lauren because that is where her daughter was born. Angela is afraid that Lauren could be taken away from her because she didn't tell the Irish authorities at the outset.

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