The Russian President has signed legislation prohibiting surrogacy for most foreign nationals and single men
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that bans single males and foreigners from contracting women in Russia to be surrogate mothers. Numerous Russian lawmakers have stated the legislation is intended to protect children.
The new rules prohibit both foreign nationals and single Russian males from utilizing surrogacy in Russia. Such services will be available only to married Russian citizens and single Russian women unable to bear or give birth to children due to medical conditions. The ban does not apply to a foreign national married to a Russian citizen.
A child born to a surrogate mother in Russia would automatically receive Russian citizenship.
Senator Margarita Pavlova, one of the legislation’s co-sponsors, claimed surrogacy had become a “conveyor belt” for taking children out of the country, with the fate of around 45,000 surrogate babies unknown.