The offences under the Bill include undertaking or advertising commercial surrogacy, exploiting the surrogate mother
, abandoning, exploiting or disowning a surrogate child and selling or importing human embryo or gametes for surrogacy.
A surrogate mother
is a woman who agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person.
According to BI-TCEU chief Erwin Ortanez, the women recounted that they were hired as surrogate mothers
through a website that invites women who are willing to bear a child for others in exchange for a fee.
"In my experience, the livelihoods of at least 80 to 95 per cent of surrogate mothers
have vastly improved because of this option."
'We continue to investigate the surrogate mothers
, some of whom are garment workers and some who stayed at home [unemployed],' he said.
I first discuss the facts and decision in Ex Parte KAF, and then analyse the potential impact of the judgment on the way in which clinical psychologists should prepare their reports on the suitability of the surrogate mother
It also noted that the children were born before the new law, and that the surrogate mothers
had signed documents waiving their custody rights.
Key words: Surrogacy, surrogate mother
, child, welfare of a child, ethics.
The government's nod to the proposed draft bill seeking the ban on commercial surrogacy to tighten the legal noose around the business of womb rentals may be done with the best of intentions to save poor surrogate mothers
from the clutches of the middlemen in the industry.
(6) A Keefer, Problems with Surrogate Mothers
As the law currently stands, surrogate mothers
need to be a permanent resident of Cyprus or a habitual resident in the island, according to health ministry spokeswoman Maria Lantidou.