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17.01.2019

"Oranges" insist on discussing the surrogate motherhood law in the Spanish Congress in February

The Chairman of the spanish political party “Citizens” (Ciudadanos) proposes to give deputies freedom to vote before internal differences arise in some parties.

“Citizens” (they are also “Oranges”) want to publicly discuss in February their draft law on surrogacy, which was registered in the Congress one and a half years ago. This was stated by the leader of the Oranges Albert Rivera . He proposed to give deputies freedom of voice in the context of internal disagreements on this topic, especially in the PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español - Spanish Socialist Labor Party) and PP (Partido Popular - People’s Party).

Rivera said that the first law to be passed in Congress in February will be the surrogacy act. He also expressed confidence that parties with parliamentary representation have a progressive view on this problem, the absence of which affects PSOE, which has already expressed its negative attitude towards the Citizens initiative, and Unidos Podemos (left political party of Spain), while PP stands for opening an internal discussion forum, and even some party factions are in favor of giving their deputies the right to vote.

The leader of the Oranges appealed to parliamentary groups with the call to provide “freedom of vote” to everyone who wishes to speak, in order to understand that “this is a question of morality, conscience and civic responsibility”, similar to the debates on abortion or divorce. According to him, when discussing this law, deputies should have the opportunity to vote freely and there is no need to feel the infringement of their rights, since this is about protecting civil liberties.

The draft proposed by the “Citizens” should be discussed, because this is evidence of progress followed by other countries, such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. “No need to go abroad in order to get the opportunity to participate in foreign surrogate motherhood programs and thereby encourage the policy of double standards and morals prevailing in Spain, while you can create the necessary conditions for this here in your home country” - summarized River.

The bill proposed by the “Citizens” states that a woman aged at least 25 years old can become a surrogate, regardless of whether she is Spanish or foreigner living in a country that has already become a mother of her own children, has no criminal record and has a minimum income. In addition, such a woman will not be able to become a surrogate more than twice, has no right to provide her biomaterial and to be genetically related to the child being born.

As for alleged parents, “Citizens” also require that they should be married or be a ”de facto” couple, for a mother to be at least 25 years old, which is the minimum age for adoption, she must prove that she has exhausted all possibilities to become pregnant and give birth independently using other available means.

The contract between both parties should be “altruistic”, i.e. the only money that is supposed to be paid out is that which is necessary to cover the cost of pregnancy and the possible inconvenience associated with this situation.

“Citizens” also propose to establish a National Surrogacy Registry, which will register women who voluntarily wish to offer their services as a surrogate, and those who want to become parents in result of using this practice. This Register should also keep records of contracts concluded by both parties.

 

Based on "La Vanguardia"

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