Weltman: Revoke the Norwegian Ban on Surrogacy

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Circle President and Founder, John Weltman, provided an opinion piece on surrogacy to Norwegian newspaper, VG. The piece was published in advance of Weltman's appearance on På bortebane, a Norwegian television show that sends politicians abroad to discuss different issues. 

"Hundreds of Norwegians have already come to the United States to build their families because they have no option to do so in their own country," Weltman notes in the article. "This should change."

Weltman acknowledges that, while it is not perfect, the United States is one of the only places in the world in which surrogacy can be done ethically and safely, with care and concern for the children, the surrogate, and the parents.

Addressing one of the common arguments against surrogacy, his article notes: "Comparing surrogacy to a business transaction may be motivated by a desire to protect. But it can also be based in prejudice and paternalism."

At the end of the day, Weltman notes, if the involvement of money is the sticking point, Norwegian political leaders should take it out of the equation for now and begin with altruistic surrogacy. 

"If you, as Norwegians, begin to permit altruistic surrogacy, you will learn that the greatest motivation for surrogates is not the financial remuneration, but the incredibly life-altering experience of helping someone else create a family. It is the greatest gift that any human being can give another. If you open your mind to this amazing experience, you will learn to respect it and the incredible women who step forward to be surrogates."

The full article (translated into Norwegian and behind a paywall) can be view here.