Judge rules on case affecting surrogate mothers

DEARBORN, Mich. -- A court decision Friday, apparently the first of its kind, eliminated from a birth certificate the name of a surrogate mother in favor of the mother who produced the egg implanted in the surrogate.

Noel Keane, a Dearborn attorney active in surrogate birth cases, said the decision in Wayne County Circuit Court 'will have a definite impact on other surrogate parenting cases.'


Judge Marianne Battani's ruling means the name of the mother who produced the egg and the natural father will be named as parents of the child on birth documents.

Keane, who said the ruling was the first of its kind, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the surrogate mother, who asked that customary procedures be altered to eliminate her name from the birth certifiate.

Neither the surrogate nor the parents were identified.

Keane said the mother who carried the egg through incubation was paid between $5,000 and $10,000 for her role in the birth.

Court records were not immediately available to verify the decision.

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