We went to the cinema to attend the festival of independent films and watched the drama “The Surrogate”.

It is a story that is possible in a liberal world. Jess, a young girl, decides to carry a baby for a couple of her friends. In New York, free surrogacy is allowed, which means that only medical expenses and food will be reimbursed to Jess. In addition, true surrogacy is allowed there – an arrangement when a woman gives birth to her biological child. By the way, this is the only type of surrogacy allowed in many Scandinavian countries and in China.

The conflict begins when the boys and Jess learn that the child will have Down syndrome. What decisions will each of them make and for what reasons?

In Ukraine, only one type of surrogacy is allowed – when the child is completely genetically not related to the surrogate mother. Accordingly, it always happens through an IVF cycle for a pair of intended parents and the genetic testing of embryos usually takes place before implantation in the uterus. It protects against the most common pathologies and syndromes. There are only a few countries where surrogacy is officially allowed for same-sex couples, combined with egg donation. These are some states in the USA, Albania, and a couple of other countries. There is a phrase in a film that went straight to my heart. It is of course obvious, but in the context of the film it was crucial: “If this baby is born, it will bind us forever”. I recommend this film to everyone who wants to solve a few existential and ethical issues.