Greece, a country previously known for its liberal stance on commercial surrogacy for international clients has sadly been engulfed in a surrogacy scandal. As the story broke, reports suggest an alleged criminal organisation engaged in human trafficking and illegal adoptions, shaking the foundations of the surrogacy world.
So far, it appears dozens of intended parents – predominantly Australian couples – have been affected by various concerning allegations. Eight members of staff at Crete’s Mediterranean Fertility Institute have been arrested and subsequently charged with human trafficking, illegal adoption, purchase and sale of genetic material, falsification of medical file data for the purpose of selling genetic material, forgery, false medical certificates, fictitious marriages and fraud. Children who have been born from the clinic are under police guard, and all of the egg, sperm and embryos that were still under the care of the clinic are now under the control of Greek authorities.
Intended parents and parents who have already had their children via surrogacy at this particular Crete clinic are left with many questions. Legal paperwork which states who the intended parents are has gone missing and there are concerns about whether some couples have been given children who are not genetically related to them or are not from the egg or sperm donors chosen by the intended parent.
At My Surrogacy Journey we are shocked and saddened by this news and we urge anyone affected by this scandal to contact us directly. Domestic and International Surrogacy lacks tailored and balanced support. So we decided to change it, starting with My Surrogacy Journey. My Surrogacy Journey is committed to providing support and advice about how to navigate a surrogacy journey whether that may be in your own home country, or internationally. We provide an extensive educational document library covering all aspects of the journey, which goes beyond the birth, and will ensure that all parties are medically, emotionally and legally informed.