Irish Supreme Court says motherhood is genes, not gestation

Motherhood can no longer be decided on the basis of giving birth but must be decided according to inheritable characteristics, the Supreme Court was told today.

The law here since 1987 is that a declaration of parenthood can be issued on the basis of inheritable characteristics and the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate should be recognised as their legal parents, Gerry Durcan SC said.

The international trend is that the ultimate deciding factor for determining a child’s parentage is the presence or absence of genetic links, he added.

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