Surrogacy: Lifting ban is seen as risky
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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