‘It will really make me sad’: Georgia plans to ban commercial surrogacy (Al Jazeera)

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    ‘It will really make me sad’: Georgia plans to ban commercial surrogacy – By Gouri Sharma (Al Jazeera) / Sept 6, 2023

    The Georgian government has proposed a ban to prevent foreign couples from accessing commercial surrogacy.

    It is the second time Elena*, who lives in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, has opted to be a surrogate mother for an income.

    With her own daughter requiring costly medical treatment and therapies to treat a health condition, Elena has found working as a surrogate mother a good way to support her family.

    “The surrogacy programme helped me a lot with all of my daughter’s medical expenses and other household costs as well. It’s been a real relief for the whole family,” she told Al Jazeera.

    Yet, this source of income could soon be cut off for Elena and other surrogate mothers in Georgia should the government’s proposed ban to prevent foreign couples from accessing commercial surrogacy services in the country be implemented next year as planned.

    CONTINUE > https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2023/9/6/georgia-plans-to-ban-commercial-surrogacy

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