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Pope Urges Global Ban On Surrogacy

Pope Francis urged for a worldwide prohibition on surrogacy, condemning the act of a woman carrying a child for someone else as “unacceptable.” During his New Year’s speech to diplomats at the Vatican, the 87-year-old pontiff labeled it as a serious infringement upon the dignity of both the woman and the child.

In a speech dominated by calls for an end to conflicts around the world, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church said: “The path to peace calls for respect for life.”


This began “with the life of the unborn child in the mother’s womb, which cannot be suppressed or turned into an object of trafficking”, he said.

“In this regard, I deem deplorable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract. Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

During June 2022, the pope criticized surrogacy, labeling it as an “inhumane” practice. In certain countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia, “altruistic” surrogacy, where a woman carries a baby for another without monetary exchange except for expenses, is legally allowed. Additionally, some US states permit commercial surrogacy.

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