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Government’s Mother’s Day message is that a mother’s love is not unique.


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Each Mother’s Day, we celebrate the unique and irreplaceable love of mums everywhere.

 

But this year, the government is making motherhood irrelevant to our statute law and our constitution.

 

Adoption: mums are nothing special

Right now, our adoption law expresses a preference for children being placed in families that can give them a mother and a father. But the government’s Children and Family Relationships Bill, currently going through the Dail, will remove that preference, so that a single man or two men will be able to adopt children on exactly the same basis as a married man and woman.

If the government really valued motherhood, it would maintain a preference in adoption law for placing children with families that can give them a mother’s love and a father’s love.

Egg donation – natural parenthood ignored

The Children and Family Relationships Bill also allows egg donation, which means that a child can be separated from their genetic mother through an organised, state-sanctioned system. This means they are saying the natural mother doesn’t matter.

A child will have a right at 18 to know who their egg donor mother is. But this is no substitute for a relationship with your mother. If the Government really valued motherhood, it would ban egg donation, as Germany, Italy and Austria do.

Surrogacy: Splits motherhood and denies children mums

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has outlined detailed plans to legalise and regulate surrogacy in a future Assisted Human Reproduction Bill. Surrogacy, in every case, splits motherhood in two, and separates a child from either their genetic mother or their birth-mother, or both.

For example, one man or two men can use an egg donor and a surrogate mother to have a child but then raise that child without any mother, with the express approval of the Government.

It is clear in other words that the Government does not believe a mother’s love is unique and irreplaceable.

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