World Health Organization (WHO)


Nathaniel Estavillo

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Singapore Model United Nations 2017

World Health Organization


Delegate: Nathaniel L. Estavillo


It is undeniable that medical technology has assumed a significant role in overcoming the problem of infertility among couples that are unable, but are eager to conceive. Among all the options presented in overcoming infertility, it is an act of banality to say that surrogacy has been one of the most problematic due to its nature which deconstructs the idea of parenthood by distinctly separating gestation, genetics, and social parenting. Moreover, the legal issues it faces are multidimensional as it involves contract, property, medical, and family law. It is essential to note that surrogacy is not just a feminist issue, but also a legal, cultural, and therefore a societal issue.

The current global framework on surrogacy is problematic and insufficient in terms of its regulatory mechanism, and the legal regulation of surrogacy agreements especially in cross-border surrogacy. Problems have been arising such as: the exploitation and commodification of surrogate mothers in commercial surrogacy setting, the question of legal citizenship of the child in cross-border practice of surrogacy, and the lack of international consensus regarding cross-border surrogacy considering our diverse culture, and beliefs and difference in medical, and legal practice.

Currently, there is no legal regulation or policy of surrogacy in Bangladesh, except that it considered surrogacy as a form of human trafficking based on the Bangladesh Country Report 2013 on Combating Human Trafficking; however the People’s Republic of Bangladesh stands ...