CNA Staff, May 15, 2020 / 14:01 pm
At least 100 babies recently born to surrogate mothers are now "stranded" in Ukraine, as coronavirus restrictions prevent them from leaving the country.
Ukraine is one of the few countries that allows foreigners to use their women as surrogate mothers. As a result, there are at least 50 surrogacy clinics in the country, many of which cater to American, European, Chinese, and South American couples.
The country's Latin rite and Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops on May 15 called for an end to the practice, decrying surrogacy as a phenomenon whereby "persons are treated as a commodity that can be ordered, manufactured and sold."
"Every child is a gift of God that should be gratefully accepted in the marriage of a man and a woman," the bishops said in a joint statement.