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Monday, June 29, 2015

LDP OKs Outline of Special Legislation on Surrogacy

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party adopted on Friday the outline of special legislation to treat surrogate mothers as the real mothers of the children they deliver under the Civil Code.

   At present, the Civil Code does not acknowledge host surrogacy and, therefore, has no clause stipulating parent-child relations in such cases.

   According to the outline, approved at a joint meeting of the LDP's project team on assisted reproduction technologies and Judicial Affairs Division, surrogate mothers and women who give birth after using donated eggs will be legally recognized as the mothers of the babies they carry and deliver.

   The outline also clarifies that men whose wives who give birth after conceiving with donated sperm will be treated as the babies' fathers.

   After the meeting, Toshiharu Furukawa, the project team leader, told reporters that he wants to make explicit rules on parent-child relations in order to end confusion caused by a series of surrogacy deliveries abroad.