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Husbands who fathered one twin each call for UK surrogacy law changes

Husbands who fathered one twin each call for UK surrogacy law changes

Simon (L) and husband Graeme with their surrogate Meg

A married same-sex couple who each biologically fathered one half of a pair of twins called for surrogacy law reforms in the UK.

In their first TV interview, husbands Simon and Graeme Berney-Edwards appeared on British morning talk show Victoria Derbyshire today (13 February).

Simon and Graeme recently welcomed the babies in London on an undisclosed date.

The twins’ names are Alexandra and Calder. Simon is the biological dad of the former, Graeme the latter.

The babies were born via 32-year-old Meg Stone, a surrogate the guys met in Canada, and an anonymous egg donor.

‘Far more straight-forward and clearer’

Simon and Graeme spoke out about reforming UK surrogacy laws, who opted to have their surrogacy in Canada over Britain..

Simon said: ‘We chose Canada specifically because we like the legal framework for surrogacy in Canada.

‘The legal framework in Canada is far more straight-forward and far clearer.’

But in Britain, a surrogate has six weeks to decide if they want to keep the child or not.

‘In that time in the UK we wouldn’t be on birth certificate. It would be the surrogate and, if she was married, her husband would be on the birth certificate,’ he added.

This occurs even if the husband has no biological relation to the child.

This is not reversed until a parental order is enforced, ‘which for us, we didn’t hang out, took nine months.’

‘I think this is a real issue going forward.’

‘I think the altruistic thing about having a legal framework [like in Canada] in place is that is clearer and enables people to move through and have the parental order put in swiftly.’

‘What have we done?’

Daughter Alexandra scampered around the set in a pink cardigan with a rainbow on it
Daughter Alexandra scampered around the set in a pink cardigan with a rainbow on it | Picture: BBC iPlayer

When asked what their first reaction was to finding out they will both father twins, Graeme said: ‘There was many emotions which went through our heads.

‘Highly elated, but then reality kicked in and we sat and thought, “oh, crumbs, what have we done?”

‘There’s not going to be just one, but two!’

Simon elaborated: ‘We sat at the kitchen table for about two hours going through elation, to crying, to complete and utter shock and then thinking, “What have we done?”‘

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