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Surrogacy campaign heads to Parliament

A Rotherham mum whose daughters were carried by her cousin is fighting for maternity rights for mothers of children born through surrogacy.

Jane Kassim’s campaign has been taken to Parliament this afternoon by a South Yorkshire MP.

John Healey, the Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, raised her case in the House of Commons where he demanded a change in the law to close the “legal loophole”.

Surrogacy law change campaign

As a Rotherham mum whose daughters were carried by her cousin fights for maternity rights for mothers of children born through surrogacy the council say a change in the law would be welcome.

As Mr Healey points out, under the current legislation there is no right to maternity leave or maternity pay for those who have children via a surrogate mother. This is in contrast to situations, for example, where people adopt children. Clearly we would welcome any changes to legislation which would benefit families and children.

– Spokesperson for Rotherham Borough Council

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Surrogacy maternity rights

A South Yorkshire teaching assistant whose twin daughters were carried by her cousin is fighting for maternity rights for mothers of children born through surrogacy.

Jane Kassim from Rotherham was born without a womb and her cousin Amy Bellamy, 26, agreed to help her to have children.

She negotiated time off with the primary school where she works to spend time with her newborn daughters, but was not entitled to any maternity leave.

Current law gives no entitlement to either maternity leave or statutory maternity pay for people who have children through a surrogate.

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