Lesbian couples will be able to register as baby's parents

Both women in a lesbian couple will be able to register as parents of a baby conceived with the help of a sperm donor under proposed legislation.

Under current laws, birth certs only allow for the mother who gave birth to the child to be recorded, but under the changes both women will be able to be recorded as parents. People will be able to avail to re-register their child’s details once the legislation is passed.

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said she was “delighted to be able to move the matter forward quickly”, adding that the issue was a very sensitive one which was of “great importance” to the families affected.

The bill, which was signed off by Cabinet yesterday, will be brought to the Dáil in the coming weeks. It will not extend the same rights to men in same-sex relationships who have children as that crosses over with separate surrogacy laws under the auspice of the Department of Health.

The Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017, which plans to legislate for fertility and related treatments, is working its way through the Oireachtas.

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