Looking backwards, looking forwards: judicial and legislative trends in the regulation of surrogate motherhood in the UK and Australia.

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Journal Article
Citation:
Australian journal of family law, 2004, 18 (1), pp. 13 - 40
Issue Date:
2004-04-01
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It has been a quarter of a century since the first reported decision was handed down with respect to surrogate motherhood by a common law court. Since that initial decision Australian jurisdictions and the United Kingdom have seen a plethora of parliamentary inquiries, legislation and case law. This article reviews these historical legal developments in case law and legislation in both Australia and the UK to identify what, if any, trends are occurring in the regulation of surrogacy. It is suggested from this review that there is a trend towards recognising and allowing altruistic surrogacy. This raises issues of practical and theoretical importance in relation to the definition of family and the regulation of surrogacy.
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