Child protection rapporteur to examine surrogacy issues
Ireland’s special rapporteur on child protection has been asked to review issues relating to surrogacy and LGBT+ people.
Dr Conor O’Mahony, the child law expert appointed to the post last summer, will present his recommendations to Health Minister Simon Harris.
Mr Harris is currently considering options to resolve parenthood issues affecting LGBT+ couples in particular, including the possibility of giving courts the power to make parental orders.
He said last year that some issues raised by LGBT+ families would be addressed through the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, but others still “require some consideration”.
From May 2020, same-sex parents will be allowed to be registered on the birth certificate of a child born through donor-assisted reproduction.
However, no such provision has yet been introduced to allow same-sex parents to be registered on the birth certificate of a child born through surrogacy, prompting calls for action from some LGBT+ families.