Maternal Mistruths

“When is a mother not a mother? Or, when does motherhood not matter? In this country, according to the law, a mother is a woman who gives birth to a child. Quite simple, you might think. Not so, according to the General Medical Council, who caused consternation in some quarters this summer, after news of their updated internal maternity guidance for employees became public, in which the word ‘mother’ appeared to have vanished completely, to be replaced by ‘parent’. In relation to surrogacy, which gains a special mention, the internal document now also refers to surrogate parents, whereas in 2015 it referred, far more accurately, to surrogate mothers.”