The Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today outlined in Parliament the Government’s plan
“…to decriminalise an antiquated law which prevents Queenslanders who want to have children from seeking the help of a surrogate mother.
Legislation decriminalising altruistic surrogacy – in other words, surrogacy where there is no financial gain – will be introduced to Parliament by the end of the year. It will also cover same sex couples wanting to have children.
I know that these are issues, which will cause a moral dilemma for some people.
But first and foremost this is about acting in the best interests of children born in these circumstances.
Decriminalising altruistic surrogacy will offer fresh hope to people who really want to become parents and bring us in to line with what’s happened in other states and territories right around Australia.”
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