46 babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers and “destined” for foreigners were abandoned in an improvised nursery in a hotel in Kiev. Born by surrogates, these infants were intended for American, Italian, Spanish, English, Chinese, French or German “clients.” However, due to Covid-19, the Ukrainian borders have been closed and babies have been placed in this makeshift nursery. A video showing the newborns was posted on social media, provoking the reaction of the religious authorities.
On May 12, 2020, His Beatitude Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, and Lviv Metropolitan Archbishop Mechyslav Mokshytskyi, Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of Ukraine, issued a press release in which they expressed outrage at this scandalous fact. They warn “those who decide to use surrogacy against the terrible consequences of such an act for all those involved.”
Firmly condemning “a shameful phenomenon,” the prelates also ask the authorities “to prohibit international trafficking of children in the Ukraine” and urge the state to finally pay attention to family policy in the country so that “Ukrainian mothers do not have to trade their bodies and their children for their survival and that of their families.”