Court splits parenthood in surrogate mother deal

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An Indiana court says a surrogate mother is a legal parent, even though the child was conceived with an egg from an unknown donor and was intended to become a third woman's child.

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that even though those involved had agreed for the surrogate mother to "de-establish" maternity, there was no state law to allow that. The court has previously ruled that a child's genetic parents are the legal parents. But in this case the genetic mother isn't known.

The judges did grant paternity to the child's biological father, even though his wife isn't genetically related to the child.

The lawyer who set up the surrogacy says he intends to appeal the case to the Indiana Supreme Court.

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