21 September 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby today urged the NSW Attorney General to rethink proposed changes to NSW surrogacy laws.

This follows NSW Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton’s review of the current laws to allow commissioning parents the ability to advertise for altruistic surrogacy. She told The Guardian that she is “determined to ensure our laws makes (sic) surrogacy easy, and most importantly put the interests of the child front and centre”.

ACL NSW Director Mark Makowiecki said advertising surrogacy arrangements put the interests of children last.

“While infertility is a heartbreaking road for many parents, pushing for liberalisation of surrogacy laws further objectifies children and surrogate mothers and creates lifelong emotional issues for both.”

“If this bill was passed and surrogacy became the norm, the idea that a child has a right to know his or her biological parents and heritage would be further erased from the public consciousness.

“These complications highlight the deep ethical problems with surrogacy.

“Ms. Upton’s comments clearly state she wishes to make the process of surrogacy easier. However, our society shouldn’t wish to make the process of surrogacy easy, we should be aiming to examine the issues at a deeper level. Any push towards liberalisation of altruistic surrogacy laws will inevitably lead to pressure for commercial surrogacy in Australia.

“The NSW state government should rule out acting on the proposed changes which will do great harm to children and surrogate mothers.” Mr Makowiecki said.