Norway’s Family Minister wants to make having children with surrogate mothers abroad a criminal offense 

Kjersti ToppePhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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People who have children with the help of a surrogate mother abroad must be prosecuted, according to Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (SP).

Toppe told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that it is illegal to use a surrogate mother in Norway and that it should therefore not be allowed to use a surrogate mother abroad.

In a message to NRK, she wrote that she wants to make it a crime to use surrogate mothers abroad.

“It is not a point for me to punish those who do this, but punitive provisions form attitudes and support the seriousness of the legal provision. What is important is to make it clear that this is a ban,” Toppe wrote to NRK.

Already in 2017, Toppe advocated such a ban and compared it to the fact that it is a criminal offense for Norwegians to buy sex abroad.

On the other hand, the Liberal Party’s (V) Grunde Almeland hopes stories about people who have children with surrogate mothers can help start the debate about making surrogacy legal in Norway.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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