The Russian Orthodox Church called to ban foreigners from using surrogacy services in the Russian Federation

Fyodor Lukyanov, chairman of the patriarchal commission on family issues, protection of motherhood, and childhood, introduced this position.

“I hope that the president will make the right decision, and yet foreigners will be restricted from using services of Russian surrogate mothers,” the clergyman said on the air of Vesti FM radio station.

Earlier, the State Duma developed a bill that deprives citizens of other countries of the opportunity to use such services. It was reported that the document could be submitted for the first reading in March.

A group of State Duma deputies, headed by the vice-speaker of the lower house of parliament from United Russia, Pyotr Tolstoy, has prepared a bill proposing to ban surrogacy to foreigners and unmarried people.

Surrogacy legislation has not been updated for a long time. Over the past 10 years, the topic has been discussed only once. And it is more relevant than ever now since Russia has changed a lot, including the country’s Constitution. It is urgent to bring the laws in this area in line with the changed Basic Law of the country.