Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy
Preventing the Sale, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children: Discussion
My conclusion is that we must legislate for the best interests of the child. The Verona principles seem to incorporate everything we need. I am a bit disturbed by the latter end of the Ms de Boer-Buquicchio's contribution. I would appreciate Ms Ward’s comments on that.
Children who have been born abroad generally have a birth certificate from there. We cannot legislate in Ireland for what goes on a birth certificate in another country. In another country, the intending parents can be on the birth certificate. A surrogacy and a donor register, therefore, would seem to ensure that the integrity of a child’s identity is preserved in Ireland. It would also seem to ensure that we would have some threshold in Ireland before conception that would ensure that that will be in place.