There is a lot been said and comprehended in regards to gestational surrogacy in china over the past few years. While government put a ban on any kind of surrogacy, be it surrogacy for gay couple china or else, random protests and concerns have been raised by various human activists over the time.
Why were the new rules on human assisted reproduction technology released by the Ministry of Health?
The rules were discussed by experts in eight different fields, according to a ministry spokesman, in an effort to align human-assisted reproduction technology with Chinese social ethics, morality, and legal requirements.
It was found that the human-assisted reproduction technology that made gestational surrogacy in china possible embodied unavoidable social and ethical issues. Although it is very challenging to identify who is the baby’s true mother legally, the newborn baby genetically belongs to the people who contributed the sperm and the egg. There are no rules addressing questions such as: What type of woman should serve as a surrogate mother in china? Does the age of the surrogate matter? Who will be held responsible for any birth defects or miscarriages? If the surrogate mother gets a serious illness, what should be done?
For use in assisted human reproduction, sperm from sources other than the husband must be obtained through a sperm bank that has received Ministry of Health approval. The rule also forbids the marketing of sperms, eggs, and embryos during surrogacy in china.
The two ordinances “were issued at the perfect time and will play a sound role in standardizing the human-assisted reproduction industry,” the spokesman said of the two.
Why did China forbid gestational surrogacy but not other methods of “test-tube” birth?
Gestational surrogacy in china, according to Professor Zhu Guijing of the Tongji Hospital, involves much more complicated legal, moral, and ethical issues.
One-parent families, multi-parent families where the child’s relationship to other family members is ambiguous, and the question of whose baby it really is are among the issues that raise concern. Moreover, a woman of childbearing age may also use a surrogate to preserve her appearance or prevent labor discomfort.
The ban was praised by many Chinese medical professionals, but some thought it was arbitrary.
Such a ban “should have already been in place,” according to Chen Gui’an, director of the Reproduction Center of No. 3 Hospital, which is affiliated with the Beijing University of Medical Science. Her hospital has performed several operations involving surrogate mothers.
According to Chen, all gestational surrogacy (be it surrogacy for gay couple china) involves exchange of money. If the practice is not controlled, there could be a potentially chaotic situation where some people decide to turn to having other people’s children for a living.
Chen would also inform women considering becoming surrogate mother in china of the dangers involved. Despite the fact that 95% of women experience pregnancy and labor without any problems, some medical conditions can be dangerous. Who would be in charge of the surrogate if something went wrong, she wondered.
To demonstrate her point that the ban will prevent many couples from having children, Chen used the example of a person with terminal cancer:
“Even though no one wants it to, the patient’s cancer will ultimately claim their life. This is comparable to the situation faced by women who are unable to get pregnant because their uterus is damaged or nonexistent. It is regrettable for the entire family that they are not allowed to become mothers. However, couples should adhere to state laws and regulations that forbid gestational surrogacy in china.
Although the opinions of the experts who oppose the ban may technically be correct, it is important to give the current legislation a chance. That said, the intended parents still need to wait for a better and more regulated policy in the near future.