In a recent statement, Pope Francis expressed his views on Surrogacy, taking a position that raises eyebrows and invites reflection.
“I deem deplorable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother's material needs,” he said. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract.” – Pope Francis
At Hive Surrogacy, we celebrate the freedom in Canada of options for families seeking alternative paths to parenthood. Our commitment to supporting Surrogacy in Canada as a legitimate and empowering option for people who choose this path remains steadfast. Contrary to the concerns raised, Surrogacy at Hive is a voluntary and consensual agreement. Women are not coerced or forced into participating; instead, they exercise their autonomy, choosing to help others experience the profound gift of parenthood. Our past blog posts have delved into the legal aspects of Surrogacy in Canada. We proudly ensure that the individuals who decided to become Surrogates are given legal representation in this process, ensuring they fully understand everything before they agree to a legal contract or IVF for the process.
While acknowledging Pope Francis' concerns, as we have no doubt that there is still unethical surrogacy being practiced all over the world, his statement is an uneducated one. It is vital to recognize the diversity of perspectives on family-building and that people with uterus’ have autonomy over their own bodies.
Surrogacy, when conducted ethically, can be a transformative experience for everyone involved. We encourage open dialogue and a nuanced understanding of the various factors influencing the surrogacy landscape before spreading misinformation.
Our mandate at Hive actively supports the healthy journey of Intended Parents and Surrogates alike. We are so proud of what we do for we live the miracle of surrogacy every day.