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Not so Rosy Rosanna Davison 'deeply concerned' about Ireland's surrogacy laws

"The heartbreaking reality is that I’m not legally recognised as Sophia’s mother like I am to my twins, yet I am her biological mother."

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Rosanna and baby Sophia via Instagram

Rosanna and baby Sophia via Instagram

Rosanna and baby Sophia via Instagram

Rosanna Davison has spoken out about Ireland’s surrogacy legislation ahead of her daughter Sophia’s birthday.

The former Miss World and her husband Wes Quirke welcomed Sophia in November 2019 via gestational surrogate, and Rosanna has since given birth to “miracle” twin boys Hugo and Oscar.

Sophia will be celebrating her second birthday next month, and Rosanna has followed in the footsteps of Westlife’s Mark Feehily and wellness speaker Georgie Crawford by becoming the latest celebrity to plead for change to Ireland’s surrogacy laws.

In an emotional Instagram post, the 37-year-old spoke about how she was feeling after The Sunday Business Post reported that the Government would not be including international surrogacy in the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill.

Sharing a photo holding baby Sophia, Rosanna wrote: “21/11/19 Sophia arrived into our arms, thanks to our wonderful gestational surrogate & the dedicated team in Kiev.

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Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

Rosanna Davison

“Surrogacy is physically, mentally and financially draining. It’s usually the last/only option for an individual/couple to have a child.

“As a mum of three, I’m deeply concerned to read in last Sunday’s Business Post, that the Irish Govt is considering deferral of legislation for international and retrospective pathways to surrogacy.

“If true, this will affect 100s of children and families across Ireland, including my own. Sophia & many other children will be left legally vulnerable & unprotected.

“I’m adding my voice to the 100s of other voices supporting international surrogacy & retrospective pathways to parenthood so that no children are left out. It should be the legal right of my three babies that I can protect them equally.”

The mum-of-three explained how this legislation affects parents who decided to have a child via surrogacy.

“The heartbreaking reality is that I’m not legally recognised as Sophia’s mother like I am to my twins, yet I am her biological mother. I can apply to be her legal guardian from age two to 18, but after that I’m a legal stranger to her.

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Rosanna Davison via Instagram

Rosanna Davison via Instagram

Rosanna Davison via Instagram

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“Whilst I trust that doctors and caregivers will always put a child’s health & welfare first, it’s extremely worrying to know that I can’t consent to a vaccination or a blood test and I wouldn’t be considered her mother on medical consent forms.

“If Sophia’s legal parent @wesquirke were to become incapacitated or worse, I would be her guardian but not viewed as her parent or mother.

She continued: “It's beyond distressing to consider, but these are the thoughts that cause such anxiety for me and others. Sophia shouldn't be treated differently to her brothers. My three children should have me as their mother, parent and protector.

“I’ve felt compelled to make this statement today about my family and to share how this potential legislation affects my children and many others because it’s so important for their future.

“I can only hope that our government is listening to all the parents speaking out on behalf of their children and trust that they will bring forward legislation so that no child is left out, allowing me to be a legally recognised mother to my three children.”

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