4 April 2016

The recent spate of tragic surrogacy stories played out in the media reinforces the need to put a stop to all forms of human surrogacy, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis said the examples, whether of a surrogate mother wanting to hold on to their child after birth or people such as Geraldine Hewitt who cannot get access to the names of their biological parents, result in pain and grief for many people.

“Surrogacy, even when done altruistically, objectifies children and surrogate mothers and creates lifelong emotional issues for both,” Ms Francis said.

“The use of surrogacy is leaving a legacy of damaged and hurt children and mothers.

“No matter how it is framed, surrogacy exploits women for their eggs and wombs and takes away the rights of children.

“We know surrogacy exploits women in developing countries. Paying Australian women more money and attempting to regulate the practice doesn’t remove the inherent injustice of it.

“No amount of patchwork tinkering with the legal framework for surrogacy will take away the right of children, wherever possible, to be loved and raised by their mother and father.”

In its submission to the Inquiry into Surrogacy underway by the Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, the ACL said it was opposed to the legislation of surrogacy in any form.

“The practice of surrogacy is inherently unjust to children and exploitative of the surrogate mother,” the submission says.

The ACL called for the prohibition of surrogacy domestically and internationally for Australian citizens and the resourcing of law enforcement.

“The only thing a new-born baby knows is her or his mother and this bond should not be severed unless absolutely necessary,” Ms Francis said.


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Further resources:

ACL Political Spot: ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton interviews Mary Joseph from the Life Marriage and Family Centre of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

Surrogacy: modern marvel or ethical quagmire?

Other ACL resources