Government to defer legislating for international surrogacy services

The forthcoming assisted human reproduction bill will have no international dimension because of potential legal difficulties

Mary Seery Kearney, a Fine Gael senator who had her daughter through surrogacy abroad, said that moving ahead without legislating for the reality of international surrogacy would be wrong

The government will only legislate for domestic surrogacy in the forthcoming assisted human reproduction bill and will not deal with international surrogacy until a later date, the Business Post has learned.

The new bill will create a regulatory framework around surrogacy and many aspects of assisted reproduction for the first time.

The government had hoped to introduce a regulatory framework around the rights of children and parents who use international surrogacy services as part of ...