Pope Francis calls for global ban on surrogacy

Pope Francis on Monday called surrogate motherhood a “despicable” practice that should be universally banned.

According to him its “commercialization” of pregnancy, including the practice among wars, terrorism and other threats to peace and humanity in an annual speech to ambassadors

An unborn child must not be “turned into an object of trafficking,” Francis said.

He added, “I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs.”

A child, he said, should never be “the basis of a commercial contract,” and called for a global ban on surrogacy “to prohibit this practice universally.”

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