Campaign Overview

Period: Jan – Feb 2010

This law allows any adults over 25 years of age – not only married couples, but also a single man, single woman or same-sex partners – to obtain a baby using reproductive technology such as IVF and the womb of a surrogate “mother”.

Surrogacy itself is inherently wrong, since it involves the premeditated intention to separate a child from his or her birth-mother – a violation of nature that traumatises both the woman and the baby and defies our obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child.   Another stolen generation, with profound psychological implications for both “mother” and baby, but approved by government.

With surrogacy, adults agree in advance to inflict lifelong identity confusion on a child, by creating her in circumstances where she cannot know who her “true mother” is. She may indeed have six adults with conflicting “parental” claims on her, but she is forcibly denied a normal mother-child relationship. That is an unjustifiable assault on the heart and mind of a developing child.

The surrogate “mother” is not a true mother, but an emotionally detached means of reproduction. Can society afford a further degradation of the ideal of a mother and the mother-child bond, with family solidarity already so trashed by the sexual revolution?

Still more contentiously, this Bill has become a Trojan horse for the normalisation of same-sex parenting – establishing in law the absurd proposition that two men or two women are just the same from a child’s perspective as a real mother and father.

Our Campaign Activities

The Queensland campaign was launched just two weeks before the bill was voted on. It triggered over 5,000 emails to MPs and encouraged some Labor MPs to cross the floor.

  • Thousands of Queenslanders phoned their Labor MPs to let them know that this bill was unacceptable.
  • Radio interviews
  • Petition with 2,000 signatories

Result

Amidst some very clear arguments from our co-campaigners and 2 full days of debates, along with unprecendented lobbying by those who supported the Kids Rights Count Campaign, this extremely damaging legislation was passed in Parliament.

We are now emphasizing that this is a serious election issue; we’re prepared to remind our Labor MPs of this, and take action through our own power to vote in the next election.

Conclusion

The debate to defend the rights of our children doesn’t stop here.

As legislators continue to bring in surrogacy bills across Australia, we continue to stand for a child’s basic human right to be brought up by their biological mother and father.

UN Declaration on the Human Rights of the Child Principle 6:
The child, for the full and harmonious development of his personality, needs love and understanding. He shall, wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his parents, and, in any case, in an atmosphere of affection and of moral and material security; a child of tender years shall not, save in exceptional circumstances, be separated from his mother. Society and the public authorities shall have the duty to extend particular care to children without a family and to those without adequate means of support. Payment of State and other assistance towards the maintenance of children of large families is desirable.