‘I’m not going to put her through the torture of living with three toddlers’ – Rosanna Davison says she regularly meets with her Ukrainian agent


Rosanna Davison has said she won’t let her surrogate “go through the torture” of living with three toddlers after she brought them home from war-torn Ukraine.

The former Miss World said she feels “extremely happy” after the Joint Oireachtas Commission report on International Surrogacy, which recommended that international surrogacy agreements should be legislated in Ireland .

When a crowd of people affected by surrogacy gathered outside Leinster House to call for its recommendations to be implemented, Ms Davison was among a large group of parents, children and advocates. , who are campaigning for legal change.

“I am also feeling very optimistic and full of hope and emotion. It was a really positive day, a huge step forward for Ireland,” she said.

In 2019, Ms. Davison’s daughter, Sofia, was born through her Ukrainian representative, Anastasiia Berezan. Under Irish law, Ms. Davison is not recognized as the legal parent of Sofia.

Ms. Davison and her husband Wes later had twins Oscar and Hugo a year later.

Ms Berezan was welcomed to Ireland by the model in May, after a “long and traumatic journey” from Ukraine.

When the Russian invasion began, Ms. Davison reached out to Anastasiia, asking for asylum in Ireland.

Immediately after contacting her, the woman’s home town of Kherson was besieged, and she was trapped there for two months. After her escape, she managed to escape to Poland, then Germany, and finally to Ireland.

Asked if Anastasiia was still alive with her and her husband Wes, Ms Davison joked: “I wouldn’t put her through the torture of living with three toddlers, to be honest, she He’s been through enough already!”

The two families often hang out together and their children are great friends.

Ms Davison describes viewing the relationship between Sofia and her agent as “surreal but rewarding”.

“Her story is incredible and I hope she gets a chance to tell it soon. She escaped from Ukraine and lived during the war,” she said.

“Just to see her enjoying life here, settling into life and settling into school and work and all of that has been fantastic for all involved.”

Speaking on Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning, Ms Davison said: “This is an important, historic, emotional and incredibly exciting day for my family and the hundreds of families across Ireland with child born through surrogacy.

“Like many of them, we dreamed of having children. It didn’t happen the traditional way, so we turned to surrogacy.

“You also don’t choose surrogacy lightly but we were successful and I think we just felt that we would deal with the legal challenges along the way.

“But with this set of recommendations, it paves the way for other couples to be able to pursue surrogacy and not face the challenges we face.”

As surrogacy in Ireland is currently unregulated, an Oireachtas committee was formed earlier this year to make recommendations on international surrogacy.

In the report released Wednesday, compiled by eight TDs and five senators, it recommends that “if an international surrogacy agreement meets the criteria set forth in the guidelines set forth by this committee, recommends, the intended parents will be able to apply to the court for parental discipline towards both parents”.

“This must be done in an expeditious process,” it states.

The report states that the order in which the parents should name the intended parents and the child born through an international surrogacy, and that the intended parent is declared the child’s parent, “equal rights to with the child regardless of biological relationship”.

The order must create a right to all rights and a duty to all obligations, provided by law or otherwise, to parents and children in relation to each other.

In the foreword to the report, committee chair Jennifer Whitmore said Ireland was “lagging behind” when it came to legislation for surrogacy, resulting in a “legitimate mistake” that had a significant impact on families from all over Ireland.

Ms. Whitmore said the framework the report proposes aims to make the protection of children and their representatives a key concern.

With regard to the surrogate, the report states that the agent must obtain independent legal advice, medical advice and counseling before surrogacy.

“The cost of this will be borne by the intended parents,” it states.

If they decide to continue the surrogacy, the report recommends that the parent’s order name the surrogate, declare the severance of all parental ties to the child, and remove all obligations and responsibilities of the father. mom.

Regarding the revived parent order, the report emphasizes that two conditions need to be met: first, that the intended parent is the intended parent at the time of conception.

The court must also be satisfied that the pregnancy was always intended to be a surrogacy and that it was always expected that the intended parent would be the child’s parent.

In addition, surrogacy must be legal in the country in which it occurs, at the time it occurs.

The committee report recommended that the Irish Citizenship and Immigration Act of 1956 be amended.

It said: “Following the issuance of parental orders, a child born through surrogacy will enjoy Irish citizenship through the intended parent, and not just through the related parent. This would require an amendment to the Irish Citizenship and Citizenship Act, 1956.

“The AHR bill should be amended so that parental, maternity and surrogacy leave is provided.”

The Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022, which sets forth provisions to regulate assisted reproductive practices and research in humans, is currently being passed through Oireachtas.

The Human Assisted Reproduction Regulatory Authority (AHRRA), an agency proposed by the AHR Bill, would be responsible for the regulation and licensing of assisted reproductive treatments in humans.

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