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Abundance of surrogate babies cast away in Ukraine amidst lockdown

Travel limitations prevent foreign parents from picking their babies, with fears quarantine additions could make issues worst

Infants in Ukraine born to surrogate mothers for foreigners are cast away because the country’s borders are closed under coronavirus limitations, preventing parents from the United States, Europe and elsewhere from travelling to collect them.

Ukraine’s human rights ombudswoman has appealed to authorities to find urgent solution to the matter in hand.

“About 100 children are already waiting for their parents in different centres of reproductive medicine. And if quarantine is extended, then it will not be about hundreds, but about thousands,” said Lyudmila Denisova.

It is unsettling that a long border closure will place a burden on clinics and distress the parents.

*The issue attracted wide attention after BioTexCom, the country’s largest surrogate operation, posted a video showing dozens of babies in bassinets arrayed in tight rows in two large rooms of its Hotel Venice where the clinic puts up clients.*

At BioTexCom, a surrogate mother receives between $15,000 and $17,000 for giving birth to a baby.

“Every day I make video calls with my wife for one hour or an hour and a half for her to see the baby,” he said. “It is very difficult.”

“Nurses and medical personnel in this hotel are wonderful. They make my life easier,” he said.

BioTexCom’s video, which was focused to encourage absent parent that their little ones were receiving good care, showed nurses bathing and caressing them and prompt the government into taking immediate action.

“The issue remains unresolved, but we are developing a mechanism to get out of the situation,” said Denisova, who met with foreign ministry representatives on Thursday.


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