Did I traffick my children?
(Insert lots of swear words here)
Did Australian High Commission not review all contracts, and independent legal reports, DNA test - all medical reports stating the agreement was surrogacy and NOT trafficking? And based on that gave citizenship to our children?
Essentially what this new decision means is
1. If you want to renew your born through surrogacy in any country child's passport you have to get permission from your surrogate. If you can't contact your surrogate then you can complete a B9 form.
As the mother of Toby and Mishali, I can no longer sign the form and renew their passport. I guess this is the very first indication from Australian Government that I am not Toby and Mishali's mother.
It seems the affidavit and any document your surrogate has singed in any country in the world means zero.
If I want parental control over my children for passport purposes, I have to go to court and spend God knows what to get a parenting order OR complete the B9 form.
As a risk taker I am more than happy to thumb my nose at Government bureaucrats anywhere, what if I applied for passport renewal and denied birth was through surrogacy, would they even know? It is conceivable that I could have travelled to India and given birth myself, but I am actually not a liar and I would never do that.
We have a five year passport for Toby, he's fine if we want to travel OS in the next 5 years.
Mishali's emergency passport ran out 3 months ago. This means that if we were to go OS next month or next year, I need to have Mrs M, our beloved surrogate who carried Mishali, sign the passport application. Mishali's mother - ME!!! - cannot do this. Mrs M would also agree.
Not only that, a child's passport lasts five years, so at age 6 we need a new one for Toby, then again at 11 and again at 16.
The "out" is that you can sign a B9 form, which you can't easily find on the DFAT sire, but here is the link.
I am going to test this out and apply for Mishali's new passport ...
FULL LINK is here: