The Assembly of Portugal approved this Friday access to surrogate bellies with the inclusion of some reforms with respect to the original text, such as the right to repentance from the pregnant woman to deliver the baby until the moment of registration, 20 days legally.
The regulation went ahead with the votes in favor of the socialists, the Block Left (BE), the animalists of the BREAD, the liberals, the Green, and the independent deputy Joacine Katar Moreira, against, on the other hand, communists and the rest of the conservative formations of the Portuguese Parliament, as well as the non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues with the abstention.
The reforms presented by the BE and the PAN include the participation in the entire process of the National Council for Assisted Medical Procreation (CNPMA), the Portuguese Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Medical College and the Association of Psychologists, reports the Portuguese public channel RTP.
At the same time, limits the scope of surrogacy to national citizens or residents of Portugal and the pregnant woman is required to have subsequently gone through the process. According to one of the new clauses, the pregnant woman has the right to refuse to deliver the baby within 20 days, maximum set by law to register the newborn in the civil registry.
The reforms presented by the BE and the PAN come after the Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa requested a review of the legislation on surrogacy, approved by Parliament on July 19, 2019, in which no included the revocation of the consent of the pregnant woman, later imposed by the Constitutional Court.
De Sousa ended up vetoing the law change after the Constitutional Court declared it illegal in April 2018 the regulations that imposed absolute secrecy on people born as a result of assisted reproductive techniques.
(With information from Europa Press)
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