Manitoba’s Outdated Laws Place Burden on New Parents

We are fortunate here in BC to have a relatively new Family Law Act that makes a child born via surrogacy the legal child of the intended parents in a very streamlined way.  This was not the experience of a Manitoba couple whose biological child was recently born by a surrogate mother.  Under Manitoba’s outdated laws, the child was presumed to be the surrogate’s child and her husband was presumed to be the father.  The intended parents were then faced with either adopting their own child or making an application to the court to have the child declared to be legally theirs.  This couple’s journey to parenthood was long with a lot of bumps along the way – isn’t this story a perfect illustration of how there is an urgent need for outdated provincial family laws to adapt to the growing use of assisted reproduction?  The CBC link to the full story is below.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-outdated-surrogacy-laws-1.3921990