Pope urges ban on surrogacy

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message and gives Easter blessing following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / POOL / AFP)
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Pope Francis on Monday called for a global ban on surrogacy, saying the practice of a woman carrying another person’s child was “deplorable.”

According to Cambridge Dictionary, surrogacy is the action of a woman having a baby for another woman who is unable to do so herself.

In his New Year’s address to diplomats at the Vatican, the 87-year-old pontiff said it was a “grave violation of the dignity of 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.”

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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.”

AFP reports that in June 2022, the Pope condemned surrogacy as an “inhuman” practice.


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