Surrogacy and artificial insemination approved in Parliament

Portugal’s parliament approved two groundbreaking proposals yesterday – one legalising surrogacy for women with health problems preventing pregnancy, and another allowing access to artificial insemination for all women, no matter their sexual preference or marital status.

Both proposals were approved by PS, BE, PEV, PAN and several votes in favour from PSD MPs – including former Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who voted in favour surrogacy.

“What should be highlighted is that significant progress has been made today in Portuguese society,” BE MP Moisés Ferreira told Expresso newspaper.

“We cannot deny this incredible leap forward for women’s rights, which now allow women who are sick to be mothers too,” he explained.

“Starting today, any woman can be a mother and fulfil their dreams of parenthood, if they wish to do so”.

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