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Surrogacy Resolution Approved by Icelands Parliament

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Surrogacy Resolution Approved by Icelands Parliament

The majority of the Icelandic parliaments Althingi Healthcare Committee supported a parliamentary resolution on surrogacy. The resolution, which was submitted by Ragnheidur Elín Árnadóttir and 17 other MPs last year, was approved across all political parties.

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Inside Althingi. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The committees majority proposes that Minister of Welfare Gudbjartur Hannesson appoint a task force to prepare a bill on authorizing surrogacy for charitable purposes. The bill is to be submitted to Althingi no later than March 1, 2012, ruv.is reports.

A minority within the committee oppose the resolutions approval, saying it is untimely to take this matter to the next level as there are still a number of items of dispute regarding surrogacy.

The subject caused some controversy late last year when an Icelandic couple was unable to return to Iceland with their newborn son, who had been born by a surrogate mother in India, because of legal complications. They were eventually allowed to return.

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