Single father of baby born via surrogacy wants to be allowed to register daughter’s birth

Johannesburg – A single father of a child born via surrogacy has launched proceedings to have legislation amended to allow him to register the birth of his daughter.

The father of “Baby J” wanted the Births and Deaths Registration Act (BDRA) declared unconstitutional “insofar as it is inconsistent with the Constitution in failing to regulate the births of children born by surrogacy to single fathers”.

He deposed a notice last week that the application will be brought in the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown.

He maintained that legislation should recognise that his daughter was a child born of surrogacy, and not sexual intercourse between a heterosexual couple.

The notice cited the minister and director-general of Home Affairs as well as the manager of the department’s Queenstown branch as respondents.