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'A child is never a commercial contract,' Pope wants the world to ban surrogacy

The Pope wants the international community to join forces in outlawing surrogacy globally.

Pope Francis wants the world to unite in opposition to surrogate motherhood [Andrew Medichini/AP]

He denounced the practice as "deplorable" and a "grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child," citing concerns about commercialisation and exploitation.

"A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract," the Pope emphasised, urging the international community to join forces in outlawing surrogacy globally.

His stance aligns with the Catholic Church's longstanding opposition to assisted reproductive technologies like surrogacy and in vitro fertilisation, considering them potential violations of embryos' lives.


While some countries completely ban surrogacy, others navigate a spectrum of regulations especially prohibiting commercial aspects. Proponents of surrogacy argue it offers a path to parenthood for those unable to conceive naturally, including same-sex couples, heterosexual couples and individuals.

Beyond the Pope's declaration, the ethical complexities of surrogacy remain a critical discussion point. Questions arise regarding potential exploitation of surrogate mothers, commercialisation of parenthood, and the wellbeing of children born through these arrangements. These concerns, alongside religious viewpoints, fuel the ongoing debate surrounding surrogacy's legality and ethical boundaries.

Pope Francis' call for a global ban adds a new layer to this already intricate conversation. While his position reflects the Catholic Church's teachings, it raises questions about religious influence on secular laws and individual reproductive rights.

Ultimately, navigating the ethical maze of surrogacy necessitates balancing diverse perspectives and ensuring informed, accessible choices for those seeking to build families. Open dialogue, respectful consideration of varying viewpoints, and continued scrutiny of potential risks and benefits are crucial for navigating this sensitive and evolving issue.



This article was mostly written by Bard, Google's artificial intelligence chatbot.


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