Update on India/Israeli Surrogacy Debacle & Australian Reform

Israel/India-Dan Goldberg is still stuck in India waiting to bring his twins boys back home to Israel. Goldberg’s story is quickly gaining the support of many back home in Israel, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, who held a spot protest to urge the members of the Ministry of Interiors to speed up the process of granting citizenship for the twins, and Yonatan Gher, who, like Goldberg, had a baby through surrogacy in 2008.

Also, the Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders president, Mike Hamel said the group has obtained a license to conduct a rally in front of the district court in Tel Aviv on May 17.

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2010/may/110510-dan-goldberg-israeli-twins-case-gay-father-lgbt-support.htm

Australia- Tuesday’s blog stated that the Law Society of New South Wales was advocating for uniform surrogacy laws throughout Australia. It looks like New South Wales is leading the charge with new laws on surrogacy.

The proposed laws are expected to clarify the difference between commercial surrogacy (which will remain illegal) and reasonable payments that can be made to an altruistic surrogate mother for her expenses in having a child. The new laws will also allow state courts to grant a parentage order that recognize couples as the parents of children born by surrogates, provided the court believes it is in the child’s best interests, the child is living with the parents and surrogacy was agreed before conception. Therefore, after years of legal confusion, couples who use a surrogate mother in NSW will be able to get legal recognition of their status as parents in state courts.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/complex-surrogacy-laws-to-be-untangled-20100507-ujp4.html

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