Rosanna Davison has said it’s “disappointing” to hear politicians use negative language about surrogacy when they haven’t gone through the process themselves.
s Davison gave birth to her first child through surrogacy after suffering 14 consecutive miscarriages over the course of two years.
She said her family made sure they were dealing ethically with a surrogate in Ukraine.
The model and author spoke after TDs and politicians were warned not to cause harm by questioning witnesses appearing before an Oireachtas panel on international surrogacy.
A meeting of the committee last week fell into chaos after a row between politicians after a senator told same-sex couples and people with fertility problems who appeared before the committee that she didn’t believe it was “everyone’s right to have a child.” to have”. that surrogacy is “harmful, exploitative and unethical”.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’m definitely a supporter of the debate.
“But it’s disappointing to hear negative language, especially maybe if you haven’t gone through the process yourself,” Ms Davison said.
“We found ourselves in a situation where we were given surrogacy as the only way to have a baby. Surrogacy is not a decision you make lightly.
“It’s a financial, physical and emotional challenge.”
Ms Davison said the Ukrainian woman who carried her eldest child “is very involved in the whole process and I’m still in close contact with her”.
“We made sure she was medically and legally protected at every stage of the journey.
“And I’m confident she was.
“And I’m confident that she did it because she wanted to help another family,” Ms Davison said yesterday at a women’s health conference organized by Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers.
She said she’d like to see more positive language surrounding surrogacy, “respectful is the word.”
Jennifer Whitmore, Chair of the International Surrogacy Committee, told a meeting yesterday that politicians have been given just three months to consider a socially, emotionally and legally complex issue.
“And there are many strong views on this issue. And I think we all have a lot to learn about the subject in general,” Ms. Whitmore said. She said TDs and senators are “privileged” to be able to address an issue that many other countries have not addressed.
“With our privilege comes a responsibility.
“Not only do we have a responsibility to thoroughly investigate the issue, we also have a responsibility to deal with this issue in a respectful manner.
“I would ask members to be aware of the fact that many of the Witnesses that we have invited as a committee have traveled very difficult or long distances to get to this point,” Ms. Whitmore said.
She urged politicians to ask their questions in a “respectful” way that will not be violated.
Last week, Sharon Keogan, an independent senator, was asked to leave an Oireachtas committee considering international surrogacy.
It came after she told same-sex couples and people with fertility issues who appeared before the committee that she didn’t believe it was “everyone’s right to have a child”.
Shortly thereafter, a dispute broke out between Lynn Ruane, the Independent Senator, and Ms. Keogan.
Ms Ruane said Ms Keogan had a “personal bigotry” against surrogacy, which Ms Keogan opposed.
“I think you’re going to find that you are, and you should, I think you should, check your Christian values as well,” Ms. Ruane said.
“You are rough and you are cold.”
Shortly after the meeting, Ms Keogan questioned the comments made against her.
In a letter to Ms Whitmore, the committee chair, Ms Keogan said she “strongly disagrees” with claims she used inflammatory language.
Speaking at the start of a meeting with politicians yesterday, Ms Whitmore said she would also “treat each other with respect”.
“I will not stand above attributions or religious references in the chamber,” Ms. Whitmore said.
https://www.independent.ie/life/family/mothers-babies/its-so-disappointing-to-hear-politicians-speaking-negatively-on-surrogacy-model-mum-rosanna-davison-41598822.html “It’s so disappointing to hear politicians speak negatively about surrogacy” – model mom Rosanna Davison