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Surrogacy Illegal in Australia

When Being a Mother Becomes Illegal in Australia

It's a woman's choice, isn't it? That may not be the case in some parts of Australia, where a mother breaks the law if she has a child via paid surrogate. According to Jezebel:

"Altruistic surrogacy," in which no money changes hands, is allowed in Australia but seldom happens. The new overseas surrogacy ban in New South Wales (Australia's most populous state, containing Sydney, where Kidman grew up and where her parents live) has already been passed but has not yet gone into effect. It would "impose penalties of two years' jail, a $110,000 fine, or both on parents who pay for a surrogate here or abroad to carry their child," according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Despite fertility issues, the ban makes it the government's place to decide which citizens are entitled to have families and how they should go about creating them. What's your reaction?

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