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Vatican / India: New surrogacy law unacceptable

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The new law now prohibits commercial surrogacy, but allows exceptions. In the future, “ethical unselfish surrogacy” will still be allowed for sterile Indian married couples. For this, the legal mothers would have to be between 23 and 50 years old and the men between 26 and 55 years.

The surrogate mother must also be a relative of the couple and offer her uterus for nothing in return. The couple must pay the surrogate mother's medical costs and insurance coverage.

Despite all these regulations, any form of surrogacy is morally unacceptable, says Pascoal Carvalho from Mumbai. The Catholic microbiologist and immunologist, who primarily conducts research in tissue culture, is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican and the Human Life Committee of the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

In an interview with Vatican News, Carvalho explains India's surrogacy law and says that any surrogacy is a "moral offense":

“An unethical technique, in vitro fertilization (IVF), is used to fertilize an embryo that is implanted in another woman's womb, which is also wrong. Therefore the birth of a child by unnatural means of conception is morally unacceptable to the Catholic Church. "

Ministry of Health defends law

However, India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which drafted the bill, says the new law will not only protect women from abuse, but will also ensure the legal rights and protection of surrogate children. Carvalho disagrees:

“The Church cannot condone an act of surrogacy because the process involves means and techniques that are morally unacceptable. Second, people are wrong who think that surrogate mothers are good for families. These women can be exposed to great danger, especially in shared or extended families, such as in India, where relatives, children and grandparents live together. "

In such a situation where men dominate, Carvalho observes, a woman could be pressured for the benefit of another infertile woman in the family.

“Furthermore, women's dignity is at stake, as surrogacy regards women as goods and instruments, like renting a machine to produce babies. Hence, surrogacy is in all respects unacceptable and a totally moral offense not only against women but against humanity as well. I think all people with healthy views, and not just the Catholic Church, would share that view. "

He did not deny the proponents of the new law that they want to do something good, but they did not sufficiently consider the moral implications of the people concerned, the doctor said.

Foreigners and homosexuals are excluded

Incidentally, the new law provides that foreigners and non-resident Indians can no longer make use of Indian surrogate mothers. Singles, homosexuals and married couples who already have children are also ruled out as clients. A woman may only be available as a surrogate mother once in her life. The draft law was passed by the House of Commons in December 2018, but was not pursued any further. Only now has the House of Lords approved.

The Indian Ministry of Health estimates that there are currently up to 3,000 surrogacy clinics in India offering their services. Several thousand foreign couples have used it in recent years.

(vatican news)