Friday 19 January 2018

Surrogacy ruling sets precedent for media

ONLY the hardest hearts would not share the joy of a genetic mother who has won the right to be legally declared as her twin daughters' mother. The much wanted twins were born into a loving family, where their surrogate mother – the wife's sister – is a "loving aunt". The twins were also born into a legal and policy vacuum, a reproductive and family law sinkhole rooted in a 30-year failure to legally define the unborn.

Eight years ago a high level Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction (CAHR), convened to address the lack of legislation governing issues such as motherhood, IVF and surrogacy, issued its report.

One of the key recommendations of the 2005 report was that a child born through surrogacy should be presumed to be that of the commissioning couple.

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