Hong Kong: Lesbian couple’s IVF legal victory a ‘giant step forward for rainbow families’
A Hong Kong court has sided with a married lesbian couple who fought for both women to have parental status over their child born through reciprocal IVF.
Reciprocal IVF for lesbians enables both women to participate in the pregnancy, with one supplying her egg and the other bearing the child.
In 2022, after the Hong Kong government recognised only one of the mums as the legal parent to their son, the couple – who underwent reciprocal IVF in South Africa to have their child – launched a legal challenge.
Same-sex marriages and civil partnerships are not recognised under Hong Kong law, meaning same-sex couples are not afforded the same rights as their straight counterparts.
On Friday (15 September), judge Queeny Au-Yeung began