Russian Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Surrogacy for Foreigners

The Associated Press

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Thursday passed a bill banning foreigners from using Russian surrogate mothers.

The bill adopted by the State Duma mandates that only married Russian citizens or single Russian women who cannot give birth to a child for medical reasons will be able to use the services of surrogate mothers.

Commercial surrogacy is legal in Russia, but religious groups have criticized the practice as too commercial and linked it to crime.