Ada was born on December 31, but did not formally exist until January 3. The little girl did not appear in the Civil Registry until three days after her delivery, since a public hospital worker refused to register her because she is the daughter of two mothers. The two women were forced to wait until January 3, after obtaining medical discharge and refusal on day 2, to formalize the situation of their baby. The couple and LGTBI associations have expressed their outrage at this rejection while a hospital spokesman expresses his apologies and has announced “measures” so that this “error” does not occur again.
The first to go to the window of the Hospital Clínico de Valladolid It was Silvia Sánchez, 38, who through the so-called clothing method (reception of oocytes for the couple) provided the ovum for the uterus of his wife, Violeta Cubero, 34. The two women are married, but although the law of Civil Registry collects that two women who have offspring and have contracted marriage will be able to make it official without problem, Sánchez already feared difficulties, he had even been reviewing the legislation. “In the delivery room they gave us the registration papers and the midwives assured us that nothing should happen,” says the Valladolid woman, who went to the hospital space for this procedure and waited after other people who were doing the same. When his turn came, he received the lash: “You can only register children of heterosexual Spanish marriages.” The worker argued that she lacked “a paper” that they only had in the Registry, and although the woman denied that she was legally bound, the health center employee maintained that “she had an order,” according to Sánchez.
The mother, dejected, went up to the room of her partner, who was already discharged, and both returned to the window to try to register their daughter. Same refusal and same location for them to go to the Registry, despite the fact that this couple lives in Mojados (half an hour from the capital): “Well, you are coming over tomorrow.” That “morning” was Monday, and the sour situation was added to the wait and the upheaval of having to return to the city the next day.
Once at the official headquarters they obtained the announcement they suspected: there is no difference between the two Registries to carry out this procedure. The couple explains that there is no such “role” that the employee of the Clinic mentioned. In addition, the Registry template indicated that a few days They had previously experienced a similar case and had previously consulted a judge who confirmed that in the hospital they could and should carry out this process without difficulties. The two women feel hurt for having suffered such a blow on a “magical” day that it was “blurred by people who do not want to comply with the law.” The Clinic has excused himself in the media, but not with them, assures the couple, who do not want an apology but “that it happens to no one else again.”
Sánchez specifies that they have presented a protest letter in the center, in addition to requesting the claims sheet and refer the case to the Triángulo Foundation, a support platform for LGTBI + people, to receive assistance. Yolanda Rodríguez, president of this entity, expresses that they are still “stupefied” by a situation that prevented something that has been done in hospitals from being carried out since 2016. “We do not understand that the diversity of families that exist now is not considered,” he emphasizes Rodríguez, who, like the injured couple, does not know whether to attribute what happened to the “abandonment of functions” of the health system or to “ideological situations of the official”. The regulations allow two women to register their baby if they are married. Heterosexual couples who have not been married can, on the other hand, register who the mother and father of the newborn are. Silvia Sánchez criticizes that the protocols and the papers they have to fill out are uniform, always alluding to “the father and the mother”, hence she presented the form “full of borratajos ”.
Both the couple and the president of the Triángulo Foundation also agree on the importance that advances in LGTBI legislation translate into education and training so that those responsible for executing it can apply it without problems. Rodríguez recalls that the autonomous regulations of Castilla y León “have two legislatures in a drawer” and that with the electoral advance the draft of the law will have to go through the slow procedures again for its eventual approval. For his part, Sánchez asks for interest and willingness so that more women like them do not have a bad time in a moment as special as a birth: “We don’t have to feel that way.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.