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'Lift Swedish ban on surrogate motherhood'

Published: 28 Feb 2013 07:28 GMT+01:00

Surrogacy and embryo donation should be allowed in Sweden, wrote the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (Statens medicinsk-etiska råd, SMER), which advises parliament and the government, in its new report.

"In cases where money isn't the motive, where you want to help a fellow human being, and our recommendation is that it should be a close relative," chairman Kjell Asplund told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Thursday.

"It could be a sister, a sister-in-law, or a close relative who helps out."

The report underlined that any would-be surrogate mother should go through with a pregnancy voluntarily.

"Women who want to be a surrogate mother for relatives should be women who have the possibility to fully decide over their own bodies," Asplund, alongside his colleagues Göran Hermerén and Lotta Eriksson, wrote in the opinion pages of the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

A minority of representatives on the ethics council wanted to keep Sweden's current ban on surrogacy.

There was unanimity in allowing the donation of fertilized eggs, which is forbidden in Sweden at present.

The ethics council also changed its official opinion on having age limits on certain fertility treatments, stating that "individuals age at different rates" and placing the focus on how suitable potential parenthood would be for the child.

The Swedish healthcare system has an age limit of 37 for women and 41 for men wanting help to conceive, reported the TT news agency.

The new report stated instead that one of the parents should be young enough to care for the child until he or she becomes an adult.

Last spring, Sweden took a step toward legalizing surrogate motherhood after the Riksdag's Committee on Social Affairs voted to authorize government inquiry into the issue.

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Your comments about this article

10:28 February 28, 2013 by Abe L
What exactly does it matter when it is done for financial gain? Just make sure it's taxable and nobody should care.
13:00 February 28, 2013 by karex
#1 It could potentially give enterpreneuring criminals another money-making niche: not only are women kidnapped to be slaves in the sex industry, they could also be kidnapped to breed. Involve money into this and you would be opening up for all sorts of nasty spin-offs to what is meant to be a humanitarian act.
14:35 February 28, 2013 by flintis
No keep it banned, there are far too many unwanted children available for adoption, lifting the ban just lets the loonies in & you end up with 65 yr old couples having babies.
23:39 February 28, 2013 by oldgreygoose
Why not for money? I moved here with plenty of money and have a very nice girl here and I do not want her to lose her shape. So why can't I hire a poor girl to have the baby if she wants to. Compared to where I come from there are plenty of poor girls here. So if a girl has no money and I have money I pay her to do something I do not want my girl to do herself. If my girl loses her shape I may not want her any more so then she will be the loser. If I pay a poor girl to do my father's laundry because my pretty girl does not want to touch his clothes the govenemnt does not care. Why do they care about this?
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