Toronto Sun

Thursday, August 30, 2001

Couple fights definition of 'mother'

By AP
Toronto Sun

BOSTON -- A month after they were born, a boy and his twin sister still have no birth certificates. The paperwork is in dispute and the outcome could change the legal definition of "mother" in Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts and other states, only the birth woman can have her name on the original birth certificate.

LEGAL CHALLENGE

The law does not address women who become mothers by having their embryos implanted in a surrogate. A couple hope to change that.

They hired a surrogate who was implanted with an embryo created from the couple's sperm and egg, and on July 23 she gave birth to the twins.

"It is one of a new wave of cases which are forcing courts throughout the country to wrestle with the meaning of such basic, fundamental terms as 'mother,' 'paternity' and 'maternity,'" said the couple's lawyer.

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