MPs weigh into surrogacy debate
THE FRASER Coast’s conservative politicians have weighed into the debate over controversial new surrogacy laws in Queensland.
The LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen sparked outrage among the Bill’s supporters when he said families were only “complete” if they had a mother and a father.
Mr Sorensen said some surrogates already had trouble handing babies over.
“Same-sex surrogacy will bring a whole new set of barriers and terms,” he said.
“We are going to see one day the burden of pregnancy shifting from one person to another ... I believe this will open a Pandora’s Box.”
Independent Maryborough MP Chris Foley was one of the original members of the committee that recommended decriminalising altruistic surrogacy, where a woman carries a baby for a couple who can’t fall pregnant but does not charge a fee.
Commercial surrogacy, in which the surrogate is paid a fee, will still be illegal.
“My belief is that the more we have moved away from traditional family values the more chaotic our society has become,” Mr Foley said.
“I do not agree that same-sex couples make the most ideal parents,” he said.
“I am concerned that this legislation puts children in a situation where they become a commodity or a chattel.”
Politicians debated the new laws until late on Wednesday night and MPs were set to do the same as of the Chronicle’s deadline last night.
But the Bill is set to pass with only two of Labor’s massive majority of members set to cross the floor to vote with the Opposition after Premier Anna Bligh allowed a conscience vote on the issue.
Queensland is the only state where surrogacy is illegal.