HOMEPAGE

Life&Work

 

Surrogate pregnancies on rise in Czech Republic

 
photo:  (radio.cz)
 

An increasing number of Czech couples who cannot have a child of their own are seeking the help of surrogate mothers. However, there is currently no legislation in the Czech Republic recognising surrogacy. Experts are warning that the arrangements surrounding this controversial method of assisted reproduction are void and unenforceable.

 

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction in which a woman carries and delivers a pregnancy for another couple or person. They conclude an agreement where the surrogate mother binds herself to terminate all her parental rights to the child immediately after its birth and to delegate them together with the child to the commissioning couple.

Lukáš Prudil, who provides legal services for couples seeking a child through surrogacy, says no legal contract can force the surrogate mother to fulfil the arrangement.

“If a commissioning couple comes to our office with a potential surrogate mother, we inform them in detail about all the legal issues concerning the process.

“We stress that they have no legal claim to the child and that the process is built entirely on the mutual trust of those involved. The agreement that we make cannot be legally enforced in any way.”

According to experts, several dozen children are born to surrogate mothers in the Czech Republic each year. The women, who agree to carry another couple’s child, are entitled to financial reimbursement for lost wages, travel expenses and medical costs.

Experts say an increasing number of women agree to surrogacy in order to make money. According to Czech Radio, some women demand up to two million crowns for their services. However, commercial surrogacy is regarded as a criminal offense.

Radka Jarošová, a doctor working for one of Prague’s centres for assisted reproduction, says she has seen around a dozen children being born to surrogate mothers in the last couple of years.

“The surrogate mother must of course be healthy and has to show no signs of any psycho-pathological illness. We also provide psychological counselling, explaining to the women that the process is very demanding both for the surrogate and the biological mother.”

According to Czech legislation, the mother of the child is the woman who gave birth to it, while the father is the donor of the sperm. The biological mother, that is, the woman who donated her egg to the surrogate mother, can only adopt the child when the surrogate mother officially gives it up.

Another complication may arise when the surrogate mother is married. In that case, it is her husband who is considered the child’s father and they both have to officially give up the child within six months after the birth.

While surrogacy in the Czech Republic is still largely unregulated, in many EU countries, such as Spain, France and Germany, both the commercial and altruistic forms of surrogacy have been outlawed.

 
 
Author: Český rozhlas Radio Praha
 
Added: 14.05.2019
 
 
 

Related articles

 
Life&Work
 
 

Parliamentary commission reopens...

Between 1966 and 2012, many women were involuntarily sterilised in Czech and Czechoslovak hospitals. The...

 
 
Life&Work
 
 

Czechs among the most honest nations...

Czechs are one of the most honest nations in the world, at least according to a research called ‘Civic...

 
 
Life&Work
 
 

New book offers Czech children...

For the past seven years, Denisa Haubertová Šedivá has been living in Brussels with her husband, Czech...

 
 
Life&Work
 
 

Number of weddings in Czech Republic...

June is the month of weddings and after years of gradual decline, it seems matrimony is again on the...

 
Most favourite

History of Czech fine art

What happened in the realm of fine art at the very beginning of the Czech…

Climate

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in moderate geographical…

The most significant current discoveries

During the last decade, Czech science has made many revolutionary discoveries…

Czech language

The Czech language belongs to the group of West Slavic languages. From another…