Sur­ro­gacy: Lift­ing ban is seen as risky

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cer,” she said. “Some of them have sought sur­ro­gacy over­seas and spent a lot of money, and still have not suc­ceeded in hav­ing ba­bies.”

Wang said, how­ever, that lift­ing the ban hastily would re­sult in many prob­lems, such as some med­i­cal in­sti­tutes or staff fail­ing to strictly fol­low reg­u­la­tions, leading to prof­i­teer­ing.

“I think even if sur­ro­gacy were al­lowed in the fu­ture, it should be done only in a few cer­ti­fied in­sti­tu­tions to con­trol the risks,” Wang said.

Xie Guoao, CEOof Uy­ix­ing, an in vitro fer­til­iza­tion ser­vice provider in Bei­jing, said that since de­mand for sur­ro­gacy is in­creas­ing in China, lift­ing the­ban­could­berisky­be­cause leg­is­la­tion and reg­u­la­tions guid­ing it are lack­ing.

Last year, the com­pany helped ar­range nearly 100 Chi­nese cus­tomers to have ba­bies through sur­ro­gates in the US and Rus­sia, he said.

A gay man in Bei­jing, who de­clined to be named, said the gov­ern­ment should ease the ban on sur­ro­gacy.

“There is al­ready a black mar­ket in China and the rich even go abroad to ar­range sur­ro­gacy,” he said.

Des­ti­na­tions such as Thai­land, the Philip­pines and the US have be­come pop­u­lar among gay cou­ples seek­ing sur­ro­gacy ser­vices.

Some gay­men­who­can­not af­ford to get a child through sur­ro­gacy might marry a woman just to have a baby, he said. “That’s un­fair and tragic for such women.”

The All-China Women’s Fed­er­a­tion did not com­ment when reached by China Dai- ly onWed­nes­day.

ChenMeng­wei con­trib­uted to this story.

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