MEDIA RELEASE



For release: Friday May 30, 2014



A Queensland judge's ruling that children's birth certificates be fabricated underscores the urgent need for legislative reform to protect the rights of kids, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.



ACL's Queensland director Wendy Francis said Justice Ann Lyons' ruling to eliminate two children's biological fathers from their birth certificates was lying to the children about their origins and denying them their human rights under international law.



"Governments have a duty to always act in the best interest of the child. Justice Lyons' ruling means urgent legislative changes are needed to put the rights of children ahead of the desires of adults," Ms Francis said.



Article 7 of the United Nations Rights of the Child says that "children have the right to know their parents and as far as possible be cared for by them".



Ms Francis said the LNP promised to amend the Surrogacy Act to protect the rights of children and urged the Government to meet its election commitment.



Recent parliamentary inquiries in New South Wales and Victoria and a Senate inquiry had all found that donor conceived children had been severely traumatised by not knowing their biological origins.