Once the DNA tests are analysed, the twins can secure "citizenship by descent" in the eyes of the Australian Government. But on top of bureaucratic hurdles, there is the personal stigma Bec encountered when dealing with the Australian embassy staff. But a spokesperson from the Department of Home Affairs confirmed the number of Australian children born through Ukrainian surrogates has tripled this year, jumping from nine children in to 26 children in The spokesperson stressed that Australians considering international surrogacy should "seek independent legal advice" due to the legal and social issues, particularly in poorly regulated countries.
Nearly five months after their birth, Bec was able to leave Kyiv with Nash and Indi, arriving in Perth in the middle of November.
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Oksana Bilozir is one of a dozen prominent MPs in a so-called "parliamentary prayer group" trying to curb, if not outright outlaw, foreigners paying for the use of Ukrainian wombs. The conservative member of the Ukrainian Parliament is blunt while sitting at her desk surrounded by military badges, crosses and Orthodox icons. The church is against it here, just like in all countries," she says. She has five bills against surrogacy in the works that seek to strictly define who is a foreigner and then limit surrogacy to Ukrainian residents, not couples visiting or renting an apartment temporarily.
Ms Bilozir prefers a complete ban, but she concedes that surrogacy now has such significant economic value in Ukraine that it may be beyond outlawing entirely. Topics: surrogacy , reproduction-and-contraception , health , laws , ukraine , australia.
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