Our Response to Pope Francis’ Remarks on Surrogacy

Fairfax Surrogacy acknowledges the recent statements made by Pope Francis regarding the practice of surrogacy. In his address, the Pope called surrogacy “deplorable” and a violation of the dignity of women and children, urging a global ban on the practice. We understand and share the concerns raised about the dignity and rights of women and children involved in surrogacy arrangements. As an organization committed to ethical practices in assisted reproductive technologies, we feel it is important to provide information and clarity on this sensitive and complex issue.

Surrogacy, a practice that has enabled countless individuals and couples to fulfill their dreams of parenthood, can be broadly categorized into two types: gestational and traditional. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate (also known as a gestational carrier) has no genetic link to the child, as the embryo is created using the egg and sperm of the intended parents or donors. This distinction is crucial in understanding the nature of modern surrogacy arrangements.

Gestational surrogacy in the United States requires informed consent and a legal agreement where the gestational carrier willingly chooses to carry a pregnancy for intended parents who are unable to do so themselves. The process involves comprehensive education for the gestational carrier about all aspects of the surrogacy journey, medical and psychological screening, and legal guidance. These measures ensure that surrogacy is a respectful, transparent, and dignified arrangement, aligning with the highest standards of ethical practice.

We firmly believe in the autonomy and dignity of all individuals involved in surrogacy. Our gestational carriers are respected partners in this journey, who make their choices freely and with full awareness of the implications. Rigorous psychological and medical screenings are standard practice, ensuring the well-being and informed consent of gestational carriers.

The benefits of creating a family through surrogacy extend beyond the intended parents, to the children born through this process. Studies and testimonials have consistently shown positive outcomes for these children, who are welcomed into loving and prepared families. Gestational surrogacy has been a particularly significant medical advancement for individuals grappling with infertility issues and for same-sex couples, offering a path to parenthood that might otherwise be inaccessible.

We also recognize the diverse legal landscapes of surrogacy across the globe. While surrogacy is illegal in some countries, including Italy, it is regulated and practiced ethically in others. These legal frameworks are designed to protect all parties involved, especially the surrogate mothers and the children born through this process.

At Fairfax Surrogacy, we operate within a strict ethical and legal framework to ensure that surrogacy is conducted responsibly. We adhere to all guidelines and standards set by regulatory bodies, prioritizing the rights and well-being of the gestational carriers, the intended parents, and the children.

We recognize that surrogacy, like many aspects of reproductive technology, is a subject of diverse opinions and beliefs. It is our hope that discussions around surrogacy remain open, respectful, and informed. While we understand and respect the views expressed by Pope Francis, we also believe in the importance of considering the varied and personal reasons many turn to surrogacy as a solution to their deepest familial aspirations.

Fairfax Surrogacy remains committed to fostering understanding and respect for surrogacy as a legitimate and compassionate choice for building families. We advocate for continued dialogue and education on this topic, emphasizing the need for ethical practices and the protection of the rights and dignity of all involved.