Spain: the Justice Minister allows the registration of children born through surrogacy

Publié le : 18 July 2014

On 26 June 2014, the European Court of Human Rights condemned France for its refusal to recognise the parentage of children born abroad through surrogacy.  Surrogacy is currently banned in Spain.  However, following this announcement, Spanish Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, sent a circular to consulates in Spain, instructing them to register children born abroad through surrogacy. This came into force on 14 July 2014. According to the website of the daily newspaper, El Pais, this decision is justified particularly in view of the legal disadvantage facing babies born by surrogacy, namely the lack of citizenship. 

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