Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Baby App Is Not So Cute; Surrogacy Technology Opens Door to a Legal Nightmare

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Baby App Is Not So Cute; Surrogacy Technology Opens Door to a Legal Nightmare

Article excerpt

Byline: Jennifer Hetherington

WANT a baby?

There's a phone app for that now for potential parents, sperm or egg donors or surrogates but it could open a door to some unexpected lifetime consequences.

The app Just-A-Baby is being promoted to give "anyone that's dreamt of being a parent the key to finding a match in a simple and easy way".

The Australian-developed phone app provides a meeting point to find potential co-parents, sperm or egg donors, or surrogates.

It was launched at Sydney's recent Mardi Gras.

Designers of the Just-A-Baby app are reported as saying the Australian-developed app is generating overseas interest now.

But people should think very carefully before embarking on making a baby via an app.

You don't know anything about the person at the other end. There are a lot of legalities to consider.

In Australia, commercial surrogacy is not legal and the laws differ in each state.

In some states, surrogacy is only legal between a heterosexual couple, so this may not offer a solution for same-sex couples.

There are complex legal issues that can arise in terms of sperm donation and egg donation.

There are provisions in the Family Law Act around provision of genetic material. For instance, if you donate sperm, that does not make you a parent with any parental rights under the act.

However, if a person who provides sperm is named on the birth certificate, it can lead to some unintended consequences.

I acted for a same-sex female couple who were ina de facto relationship. They decided to have a child and a male friend provided sperm, which one of the women was then impregnated with.

Because this male person was a friend, they decided to put his name on the birth certificate.

Later, the relationship between the two females ended and then the relationship with the sperm donor broke down. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.