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Finland opens door to surrogacy

The National Advisory Board on Social Welfare and Health Care Ethics (ETENE) has greenlit surrogate motherhood, but only in some cases.

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Markku Lehto, who chairs the board operating under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, says surrogacy could be permitted when a woman is unable to carry a child for medical reasons.

Surrogacy, an arrangement where a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person, is outlawed in Finland. It is, however, practised in a few other European countries.

The advisory board emphasises that legislative changes are needed to protect the rights of childless couples. For example, problems may arise if a surrogate mother refuses to hand over her baby after birth.

Lehto calls for the Ministry of Justice to look into the legal implications of surrogacy.

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