Romania prepares to legalize surrogate motherhood

A bill submitted in the Romanian parliament on Wednesday could pave the way to legal status to a widespread practice: surrogate motherhood. One in six Romanian couples has fertility issues and this could help infertile couples have children in a legal fashion. Romanian families would often pay up to 40.000 Euros for surrogate mothers.

The new bill will only allow the surrogate mothers to receive medical care and food during their pregnancy from the contracting couple. And yes, there will be a contract prior to pregnancy, but that will not guarantee that the natural mother won’t have a change of heart at birth. “No court of law can stop the woman from keeping the child to herself”, explained Mihaela Olaru, attorney at law.

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