Last night the NSW Government’s Surrogacy Bill 2010 was passed by the NSW Legislative Assembly.

While the often strong desire of people to have children is fully understandable, ACL does not support surrogacy because of concerns for the welfare of children born through surrogacy arrangements and also for the mental and physical health of birth mothers.

Whilst, it is extraordinary to think that surrogacy has been largely unregulated in NSW for such a long period of time,  the Surrogacy Bill does not go far enough to protect the rights of children to be raised by a mother and a father.

If the Government is to regulate surrogacy then we urge them to ensure that children have the benefit of the love and role models of both a mother and a father – something we believe there is broad community support for.