SA legalises surrogate births
Surrogate births will be legalised in South Australia with the passage of a bill through State Parliament.
It was moved by Liberal MP John Dawkins and will allow couples to become parents with the help of a surrogate mother.
He says it only applies to married and de facto heterosexual couples and cannot involve any payments.
Mr Dawkins says biological parents of a child born through surrogacy will also be legally recognised.
"It means they can access surrogacy legally in this state. It also means that the mothers of children who are carried by a surrogate can actually appear on the birth certificate rather than have to adopt their own children to do that," he said.
"We've had many instances of people who've gone to extraordinary steps to do surrogacies outside the law.
"This bill will allow altruistic gestational surrogacy so it's altruistic there is no money involved."