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PARENT JOY Rosanna Davison, Arthur Gourounlian and Irish families celebrate ‘historic day’ for surrogacy rights

ROSANNA Davison called today a “historic day” after landmark recommendations allowed surrogacy in Ireland.

Former Miss World spoke at Leinster House with dozens of families, including Dancing With the Stars judge Arthur Gourounlian.

After a three-month investigation, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy made 32 recommendations.

The committee recommended that Ireland recognize international surrogacy and use a parental order system to transfer surrogate parentage to intended parents.

The recommendations are “historic” for Rosanna, who had Sophia through a surrogate in Ukraine in 2019.

PARENT JOY Rosanna Davison, Arthur Gourounlian and Irish families celebrate ‘historic day’ for surrogacy rights

Rosanna, who also has twin boys, isn’t Sophia’s legal parent, but today’s recommendations would change that.

Rosanna told the Irish Sun, “I’m emotional, overwhelmed, excited, full of gratitude and appreciation to the Irish government, the joint special Oireachtas committee, all the families, all the parents, and I’m one of them.”

“All the voices who have pushed for this for years.” Many people worked hard to publish these thorough, positive recommendations.

“8 am this morning I got the call, and I’ve been crying happy tears because I’m a mum doing this for Sophia.

“This is to protect her future and she’s an Irish citizen, so I won’t have to tell her she’s not equal to her brothers and I’m not her legal mother.

“I won’t have to do that. It allows every couple and individual who wants or needs surrogacy to do so safely and legally.

PARENT JOY Rosanna Davison, Arthur Gourounlian and Irish families celebrate ‘historic day’ for surrogacy rights

She urged quickly enacting the committee’s recommendations.

She added, “The next step is for Minister Stephen Donnelly to bring in the legislation so we can get the documents and move on.”

“This is a historic day for inclusivity, too. LGBT couples can be included because the recommendations cover women and men.

“Accepting that families aren’t made traditionally”

ARTHUR ‘BUZZING’

Arthur Gourounlian is “buzzing” about his surrogate pregnancy with husband Brian Dowling.

“I feel amazing,” he told the Irish Sun. I’m thrilled. Surrogacy wasn’t on our radar before, but now it’s one of our top priorities because our child will be born through it.

“Knowing that we can be both parents for our child, not just one.

“It’s epic.” People think surrogacy is easy; it’s not. Surrogacy is a long process, so we both want to be there for the child.

Surrogacy is for everyone, no matter their background. If you want to have children, surrogacy can help.

Other parents said the recommendations were crucial.

MUMS’ RELIEF

Audrey Whitford from Kilkenny said, “It’s important for my family, my children, Charlotte’s rights, and my rights.” With the recommendations, we hope to have a legal relationship with our daughter.

Sinead Gallagher-Hedderman from Dublin welcomed 15-month-old Theo through a Ukrainian surrogate and has since given birth to twins. “Right now I have no rights to my son so this is a massive step forward so the Government can enact legislation so I can become Theo’s second parent.

PARENT JOY Rosanna Davison, Arthur Gourounlian and Irish families celebrate ‘historic day’ for surrogacy rights

I can’t sign medical or legal documents for Theo, and I just had twins, so our family is unequal.

Wicklow’s mom Mia Fahey-McCarthy said, “It’s amazing.” It’s recommendations, but they’re strong, and I think the government wants to act now.”

The Assisted Human Reproduction Bill before the Oireachtas is the best legislation for international surrogacy, according to the committee.

Lack of state regulation is the biggest risk to the welfare and rights of children, surrogates, and intended parents.

PARENT JOY Rosanna Davison, Arthur Gourounlian and Irish families celebrate ‘historic day’ for surrogacy rights

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