Calls for national surrogacy inquiry after a new abandonment case revealed

Calls for national surrogacy inquiry after a new abandonment case revealed

A new case of an Australian couple abandoning a surrogate baby has been uncovered, prompting family law experts to call for a national inquiry into surrogacy laws in Australia.

A report released by the ABC overnight suggests a baby was abandoned in India in 2012, with the knowledge of officials at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi.

The case also involves a set of twins, as in the baby Gammy case.

The commissioning parents reportedly did not want both babies and their choice of baby was based on gender.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called on the ABC to provide information to the government about the case, which she says she has no knowledge of.

She also says the former Labor government should be questioned over the matter.

The Chief Justice of the Family Court Diana Bryant says the case shows why there needs to be a national inquiry into surrogacy.

She has told the ABC there are a number of concerns including what happened to the other child.

“I asked them what happened to the other child. They said someone in the end had come forward – and they said they were known to the family – and took the child, but they expressed to me their great concern that in fact money had changed hands.”

“I think it is appalling. It’s a breach of all sorts of human rights conventions and it’s a criminal offence in many places if that is so,” she said.

“The whole issue of surrogacy is greatly concerning, especially when there are circumstances where the parents can choose the sex of the child and so we are commodifying children.”

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