The Supreme Court in Ireland has reserved judgment in the State’s appeal of an earlier decision that ruled that the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate are entitled to be registered as the children’s legal parents on their birth certificates.
At the recent appeal, which lasted 4 days, it was argued on behalf of the State that a child’s legal mother is the woman who gives birth to the a child and that it was not possible to have two mothers concurrently.
The appeal comes from an earlier decision of Mr Justice Henry Abbott, the trial judge, in which he ruled that motherhood was based on genetic or blood links.
At the end of the appeal before 7 justices, Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham said that the appeal raised important issues concerning definitions of motherhood and that judgment would be reserved. At present it is not known when the judgment is likely to be handed down.