Russia, Surrogacy

Bill banning foreigners from using surrogacy services in Russia submitted to State Duma

Source Inter fax

MOSCOW. June 11 (Interfax) – A group of United Russia party deputies and a senator have submitted a bill to the State Duma proposing banning foreign citizens from using surrogacy services in Russia.

The document, which was published on the State Duma’s database on Friday, introduces a number of amendments to the Family Code, laws on health protection, and acts on civil status and on Russian citizenship related to surrogate motherhood and the citizenship of children born through surrogacy.

The bill requires that at least one of the future parents or a single person applying for surrogacy services in Russia should have Russian citizenship. However, in accordance with the initiative, any child born through surrogacy will acquire Russian citizenship by place of birth.

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Russia to grant citizenship to children born through surrogacy for foreigners — bill

Source Tass.com

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The bill sets out that only married Russian citizens or a single Russian woman who cannot carry or bear children herself can use surrogacy

MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. Children who are born by surrogate mothers for foreigners or stateless persons in Russia will be granted Russian citizenship by birth, reads the draft bill banning surrogacy for foreigners in Russia, which was submitted to the lower house of parliament by a group of lawmakers headed by Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy on Friday.

“A child both in Russia by a surrogate mother <…> receives Russian citizenship by birth if both potential parents or a single woman are not Russian citizens,” the bill notes.

Costs, Russia, Surrogacy

Russia’s liberal surrogacy laws under threat

Source BioEdge

“Russia’s liberal surrogacy rules are under threat,” reports The Economist. The country has become a haven for foreigners seeking cheap surrogate mothers. A woman’s services can be purchased for about US$20,000, much less expensive than the United States.

But after bad publicity over the death of a baby who was intended for a Filipino couple, the practice could be banned for foreigners. “Russia is not an incubator,” says Irina Yarovaya, a deputy speaker of the Duma, Russia’s parliament.

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Russia Considers Banning Surrogacy for Unmarried People, Foreigners – RBC

Source The Moscow Times

Russia is one of the few countries worldwide where commercial surrogacy is allowed.
Alexander Avilov / Moskva News Agency

Foreigners and unmarried Russians could be banned from having children with the help of a surrogate under a new draft bill, the RBC news website reported Wednesday.

Russia is one of the few countries worldwide where commercial surrogacy is allowed, but a backlash against foreign surrogacy has been growing with warnings that women and children are being exploited by wealthy foreigners. The country has also pursued conservative legislation in hopes of reversing its declining birth rates.

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COVID leaves surrogate babies stranded in Russia

Source BioNews

As many as 1000 babies born through surrogacy in Russia have been unable to meet their intended parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intended parents would usually collect their baby a few days after birth, but Russia closed its borders in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, making it impossible for families expecting through international surrogacy arrangements to bring their babies home. 

‘This is an urgent problem. These are children that are growing every day. They need their parents,’ Irina Kirkora, deputy head of the Kremlin’s Advisory Council on Human Rights in Moscow, told the Guardian.

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Eight arrested in Russia’s first surrogacy probe

Source Malay Mail

Russia is one of the few countries in the world where commercial surrogacy is legal. — Reuters pic

MOSCOW, Aug 3 — Eight Russians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the country’s first surrogacy probe, and a court today was to consider extending the arrests.

Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a lucrative business for many years.

However, a criminal probe was made possible due to “ambiguities” in legislation, defence lawyer Igor Trunov told AFP, adding it was the first such case in Russia’s history.

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