Media Release: Thursday, 28 May, 2009

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged the NSW Government not to go down the same path as Victoria in allowing two men, two women and single women to acquire a baby through surrogacy – thereby depriving the children of the complementary love and care of a mother and a father.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said surrogacy was already fraught with emotional, biological and legal complexities for children, as well as for women who carry someone else’s baby, but same-sex and single women surrogacy was a betrayal of children’s best interests.

“The recommendations of a NSW Legislative Council inquiry into regulating surrogacy in the State are not in the best interests of children and basically pave the way for two men or two women to ‘order’ a baby they are not even genetically connected to,” Mr Wallace said.

“The Law and Justice Committee’s purported desire to have minimal government intervention in the practice of altruistic surrogacy is really just a cop out that would allow a free-for-all in terms of who can acquire a child through surrogacy and doesn’t ensure that necessary safeguards are put in place to protect the interests of children.

“If the Committee’s aim is to better regulate surrogacy, shouldn’t they be making recommendations along these lines and not leaving it to unelected ‘clinicians and counsellors’ to make decisions that will affect the social fabric of the State?

“We urge the NSW Government to put the needs of children above the desires of adults and, if they go ahead with surrogacy legislation, to restrict surrogacy to infertile married heterosexual couples, with gametes derived from both intending parents so that they are biologically related to the child,” Mr Wallace said.

“Clearly it is not in the best interests of children for the State to allow them to be conceived through assisted reproductive technology and then to be placed in an unnatural family construct that denies them a mother or a father.”

Mr Wallace urged the NSW Parliament to wait for the outcome of the national surrogacy review due later this year before moving on this report.

“This is a very important issue which will concern many people. If same-sex surrogacy is permitted it will further undermine the natural family in NSW.”

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan