Yelena Mizulina, Head of the Committee for Family, Women and Children and Duma (Russian Parliament) MP is calling for a ban on remuneration for surrogate mothers. She stresses that remunerating women to carry other people’s children is an odious practice that severely impacts upon the traditional values of Russian family life.
1,000 babies were born through surrogacy in Russia in 2012. According to current legislation, the women must be between 20 and 35 years old with at least one child. They are also required to undergo a series of tests.