By John Pascoe
Many would-be parents, who can offer a child a good life but cannot themselves conceive, experience an aching desire for a child to nurture and care for.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) has enabled those with reproductive difficulties, and those who are unable to have a child naturally, to start a family. In many, indeed most situations this is a happy occasion. However, it is uncontroversial to say that ART, including surrogacy, has significantly outpaced the capacity of the law to keep up with the technology. And it is here that desires of would-be parents can come into conflict with the rights of the child.Read more
Interview with child rights specialist Prof. Paula Gerber of Monash Law School
by Apolline Kempter
Compensated surrogacy is a flourishing yet controversial way for Australians to have a child. Some insist the practice should continue to be prohibited in Australia, believing it constitutes child trafficking, while others want to see it legalised and regulated, as a legitimate way for infertile people to start a family.Read more
Is there a human right to have children? Or a right to have biological children?
The International Covenant on Civil And Political Rights -- and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on which it was based -- recognise a "right to found a family" (UDHR art 16; ICCPR art 23). What does that mean?Read more