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Pope Francis calls for global ban on surrogacy

# Pope Francis has called for a global ban on surrogacy, saying the practice of a woman carrying another person’s child was “deplorable”. In his New Year’s address to diplomats at the Vatican, the pontiff said it was a “grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child”. In a speech dominated by calls for an end to conflicts around the world, the pope said the path to peace calls for respect for life. He says this begins with the life of the unborn child in the mother’s womb.