Russia will prohibit women from acting as surrogates for foreigners
(MENAFN) Russia will soon pass legislation prohibiting foreigners from using Russian women as surrogate moms.
Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, made the statement on Mother's Day.
Paid surrogacy is allowed in Russia, but religious organizations have criticized the practice for commercializing childbirth.
“Everything must be done to protect children by prohibiting foreigners from using the surrogacy service,” Volodin stated on the Telegram messaging app. “We will make this decision at the beginning of December.”
He also stated that about 45,000 babies born by surrogate moms have been departed abroad in the previous few years. “Child trafficking is unacceptable,” he highlighted.
In May, Russian legislators passed the bill almost overwhelmingly on its first reading. If passed in the third reading, it will be evaluated by the upper chamber of parliament before being signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.
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