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Surrogacy is ultimately exploitation - we should have the courage to ban it completely

Patricia Casey


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A vice of the rich: Because of the huge cost involved, surrogacy is often the preserves of the wealthy like Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

A vice of the rich: Because of the huge cost involved, surrogacy is often the preserves of the wealthy like Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

A vice of the rich: Because of the huge cost involved, surrogacy is often the preserves of the wealthy like Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

The first part of the Children and Family Relationships Act (parts two and three) was commenced a few days ago. It deals with IVF, among other things, but it did not include any law relating to surrogacy.

This is an arrangement whereby a woman, known as the surrogate, agrees to carry a child for another. At birth, the other person becomes the parent. The intended parent may be a woman, man or a couple.

It is strange that this troubling area of reproduction was avoided, since many other countries have tackled it, despite the controversy surrounding it.