This Week in Queer Parenting

Here’s a bit of what happened in the world of queer parenting and assisted reproduction for the week of Mar 11 – 17, 2013.

A Michigan judge called a two-mom birth certificate “fiction” …

Marie Wolfe and her partner Becky had twins. Becky was the birth mom but absolved her parental rights so that the two women could adopt the children together. The birth certificates were changed to show both Marie and Becky as parents. Now, Becky has taken the children to another state and won’t let Marie see them. When Marie, fighting for joint custody, came before Michigan judge Richard Garcia he called the two-mom birth certificate a “fiction under the law.” Heartbreaking.

… While a Kansas judge affirmed a non-bio mom’s right to legal parent status…

Meanwhile, a Kansas judged faced with a very similar case, ruled that a non-bio lesbian mom’s parental status was equal to that of her ex-partner, the bio mom. When Marci Frazier and Kelly Goudschaal split after 13 years together, Kelly took the couple’s two daughters and said she was moving to Texas. The women had signed a co-parenting agreement when the children were born and Marci sued for equal parenting time — and won. Yay, Kansas!

… Which opened a door to other same-sex parents in Kansas to have legal status

Based on the Frazier v. Goudschaal ruling, Angela Bauer is seeking formal co-parent status for the children she’s raising with ex-partner Jennifer Schreiner. You might remember Bauer and Schreiner — they were the lesbian couple whose sperm donor was being sued by the state for child support against the women’s wishes.

A bio mom won a surrogacy lawsuit in Ireland

The genetic mother of twins carried by a surrogate successfully sued the Irish government to be named as the children’s mother on their birth certificates. The judge ruled that Irish law, which held that the birth mother must be named as the legal mother, was out of date and didn’t account for families created through artificial insemination and other fertility procedures.

China is not going to allow surrogacy, despite what you may have heard

First there was news that surrogacy might be legalized in China in the next five to 10 years. Then the Chinese government said no way — any rumors of legalization were false. “Unnecessary surrogacy for commercial purposes will always be banned in China,” a government official said. Both commercial and altruistic surrogacy have been legally banned in the country since 2001.

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