Surrogacy laws: Legal tug-of-war highlights flaws of current system

7.30, ABC TV, online 19 April 2016
Reporter: Madeleine Morris
“A newborn baby has been used as a bargaining chip between its biological parents and its surrogate mother after a surrogacy arrangement in north Queensland went sour. When the baby was born last week there was no certainty over who would take home the child, with intended parents and surrogate in a standoff about expenses claimed by the surrogate that had not been paid. The matter has now resolved, but observers say the case highlights how Australia’s surrogacy laws can leave all parties relying on goodwill, and emphasises the need for urgent law reform.”
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