Tuesday, 27th March 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the Tasmanian Government to split its controversial surrogacy bill so that opening up the procedure to single people or same-sex couples can be dealt with as a separate issue by parliamentarians.

ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said the ACL opposed surrogacy because it creates genetic bewilderment for children because up to six people can have a biological or emotional stake in a child.

“Surrogacy involving the use of donor gametes, which is necessary in the case of single and same-sex surrogacy, deliberately severs a child’s biological heritage,” Mr Brown said.

“A Senate Inquiry into donor conception practices in Australia last year unanimously recommended that there be a ban on donor anonymity, something the Tasmanian Government is rejecting as it re-drafts the Surrogacy Bill.

“Even the Federal Greens on the Senate Committee believed a child conceived through donor material should have the right to track their biological origins.

“But deliberately denying a child a mother and a father by allowing singles or same-sex couples to acquire babies takes what is already patently bad policy to the ridiculous.”

Mr Brown said any surrogacy bill should be split so that the issue could be dealt with separately.

“Governments have a responsibility to always act in the best interests of the child. Deliberately denying a child his or her biological heritage or deliberately denying him or her a mother and a father is a breach of this obligation,” Mr Brown said.