Australian judge defines “conception” in surrogacy case

A judge in Brisbane, Australia, may have notched up a world first by defining the word “conception”. Judge Leanne Clare was ruling on Queensland’s Surrogacy Act which requires an arrangement to be signed “before the child was conceived”. But neither in Queensland nor in neighbouring New South Wales had Parliament defined what it meant by “conception”. The judge adopted a controversial interpretation of what is essentially a medical question.

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