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Baby Mine Georgie Crawford pleads for change to surrogate laws in emotional Instagram post

The podcast host and her husband Jamie chose to look abroad for a surrogate for their second child after Georgie was diagnosed with breast cancer

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Georgie Crawford. Picture: Frank McGrath

Georgie Crawford. Picture: Frank McGrath

Georgie Crawford. Picture: Frank McGrath

Georgie Crawford has opened up about the “impossibly difficult journey” she has had tackling Ireland’s surrogacy laws.

The podcast host and her husband Jamie chose to look abroad for a surrogate for their second child after Georgie was diagnosed with breast cancer and put on a cancer drug called Tamoxifen for the next five years.

However, the use of an overseas surrogate will have implications for Georgie and Jamie’s rights as parents down the line.

In an emotional Instagram post, the Dubliner spoke about how she was feeling after reports from The Sunday Business Post said that the Government would not be including international surrogacy in the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill.

Georgie shared a photo of her newborn baby girl Pia after she arrived via C-section and said: “I never imagined when I was holding my first baby in my arms in this photo that I wouldn’t be classified as the mother of my second.

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Georgie Crawford with baby Pia

Georgie Crawford with baby Pia

Georgie Crawford with baby Pia

“We have turned down offers to make documentaries, various interviews with TV, radio and newspapers, because this is such a private journey for us and we are still in the early stages but I couldn’t not say something today.

“Yesterday, there was [sic] unconfirmed reports in The Sunday Business Post that the government will not be including international surrogacy within the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill.”

Georgie then listed the repercussions that this would have for her and other parents using surrogacy.

“So, what does that mean for our family and many others? I will not be recognised as my own child’s mother despite my child having my DNA,” she explained.

“For the first two years, I will have no legal relationship to my child, at which point I can apply to become a guardian (with Jamie’s approval).

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“Despite being in a very happy marriage, Jamie will hold all of the control when it comes to our future child as he will be the only legal parent under the current law. This could leave so many women in a helpless and vulnerable position.

“When it comes to medical issues for my child, I can’t even bring myself to explain the technicalities here.

“We are hoping despite the information published yesterday that the Government will consider providing a pathway to parenthood via international surrogacy,” she added.

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