France accepts EU rights ruling on children born to surrogates
Published on Jun 27, 2014 6:39 PM
PARIS (AFP) - France said on Friday it would not dispute a ruling by Europe's top rights court forcing it to legally recognise children born to surrogates, a practice that is illegal in the country.
Authorities in France had refused to register three children born to surrogates in the United States as the couples' legal offspring, a crucial move as it would secure them nationality and full inheritance rights.
But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that this denial by French authorities ran contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights.
"It's a decision that we will not dispute... The government will take into account these two judgments in its domestic law," Family Minister Laurence Rossignol told Parliament.
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