Mykola Kuleba, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children's Rights, said that foreigners should be banned from using surrogacy services. He stated this during a briefing, Strana.ua reported.
Kuleba added that more than 80% of children born of surrogate mothers were taken abroad.
"We need to close this market for foreign couples. The situation with Ukrainian couples needs to be discussed, then we can talk about the regulation of this activity. If we talk about those children who are born of surrogate mothers, more than 80% of them are taken abroad,” he stated.
The Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children's Rights added that commercial surrogacy is prohibited in most countries (in this case the child is positioned as a commodity). The United Nations has said that commercial surrogacy is tantamount to selling children. Surrogacy is generally banned in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, France and some US states.
As we reported earlier, on June 1, Ukraine and over 60 countries celebrate International Children's Day.