Meg and Bob welcomed to our lives and hearts Tobias Jai, born 29 June 2010, New Delhi India. On 25 June, 2012 our daughter Mishali was born - we are doubly blessed. Our eternal gratitude to our surrogates Rani and Mrs M. We had tried with two international donors, and two clinics before achieving success with the birth of our son Toby in 2010.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A win in the surrogacy war
Now the Queensland LNP won't be wasting time and money on discriminating against singles and same sex couples they could turn their attention to something worthwhile and get rid of the ban on Queensland residents pursuing surrogacy abroad.
Mr Bleijie said the LNP would introduce a bill to repeal aspects of the Surrogacy Act which allow single people, same-sex couples and de facto couples to use altruistic surrogates.
The proposal had not been discussed with the party room and senior LNP ministers said they ‘‘did not recall’’ or ‘‘did not know’’ if Mr Bleijie had raised the issue with cabinet before making the announcement.
‘‘It was a brain snap, some of us could not believe what was happening,’’ a member of the caucus said.
Fairfax Media understands the bill was quietly shelved last year after moderates in the party expressed dismay at the plans and it was concluded the bill was not a ‘‘priority’’.
It is understood Premier Campbell Newman was one of the party members to privately hold concerns about the potential changes though his spokesman directed questions to Mr Bleijie’s office.
‘‘This is an important law reform issue and as such will be given necessary consideration by the Attorney-General,” Mr Bleijie said through a spokesman when asked if there were plans to introduce the bill to parliament.
The response is identical, word-for-word, to his statement in November when asked for a timeline on when the bill would be introduced.
Any mention of a Surrogacy Bill or amendments to the Surrogacy Act are missing from the LNP’s latest six month plan which was released in January.
Mr Newman said before last year’s state election no changes would be made to surrogacy laws but once Mr Bleijie made the announcement he said he had made a ‘‘mistake’’.
At the time Mr Newman said he agreed with the changes to the Surrogacy Act but would not say why.