Landmark appeal involving surrogacy birth to start today

Seven judges of the Supreme Court are to hear a landmark appeal about the legal rights involved in surrogacy births.

It follows a High Court ruling last year that a genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate could be named as the legal mother on the children’s birth certificates.

Before this appeal gets underway the Supreme Court will be asked whether the media can attend and report on the case.

There were media restrictions in place at the High Court hearing, but since then new laws have opened up reporting on certain family law matters.

The appeal has been brought by the State against a finding that a genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate – the mother’s sister – could be named as the legal mother on the children’s birth certificates.

The hearing is due to last three days.

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