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The campaign for surrogate motherhood in France

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Sylvie with Mary, the surrogate mother who carried her twin girls
Sylvie with Mary, the surrogate mother who carried her twin girls DR

Gestational surrogacy, where a woman carries and gives birth to another woman's baby, is forbidden in France. Yet every year some 300 infertile couples turn to surrogate mothers to form a much-desired family.

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Most go abroad to countries like the UK, Canada and some US States where surrogacy is legal. But once back in France their children have no civil status. As the parliamentary debate on amending France's 1994 Bioethics law is underway, RDV hears from those directly concerned: the surrogate mothers who wish to make this very special gift and the mum who says she was "birthed" in the process.

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