Moscow Patriarchate seeks ban on surrogate motherhood
March 30, 2017
The Patriarchate of Moscow is backing a proposal to outlaw surrogate motherhood in Russia.
Vakhtang Kipsidze, the vice-chairman of the patriarchate’s department for Church-state relations, said that surrogacy “offends human dignity.” He indicated support for legislation that would impose a temporary ban on the practice, while lawmakers draft more comprehensive proposals to address the issue.
In 2015, Patriarch Kirill said that the Orthodox Church “cannot resign itself to allow a law on so-called surrogate motherhood, which transforms children and women into commercial and non-commercial objects of trade.”