Abandoned babies Ukraine show ethical problems with surrogacy

19-03-2022

Opinion

Brita Storlund

A pregnant woman and her husband walk in a basement of a maternity hospital as sirens warn for air raids in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. Almost half of the 49 women have had to give birth in the basement since 24 February. Mykolaiv is the scene of violent clashes, as Russian troops want to break down this last lock before the large port of Odesa, 130 km further west on the Black Sea. Photo AFP, Bulent Kilic

In war-torn Ukraine, we see how surrogacy can lead to parentless children. Babies are left by their surrogate mothers, but their commissioning parents are unable to pick them up. The result? Traumatised babies who are at risk of developing long term bonding problems.