Gay, de facto Surrogacy bill for Tasmania

Friday 31 August 2012 @ 8.43 a.m. | Legal Research

Tasmania's Legislative Council have passed laws to enable all couples, including gay and de facto, to use a surrogate to carry their child. The legislation was debated for over a year, but was finally passed on Wednesday night. Under the surrogacy legislation, the surrogate must be at least 25 years old and it cannot be her first pregnancy.

Attorney-General Brian Wightman was in the chamber and says it was an historic moment. "Families who have been struggling to have children will very much welcome the passing of this bill through the House," he said.

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