For some years now, Ukraine has been one of the global centres of commercial surrogacy - one of the few countries in the world where it is legal, and less expensive than elsewhere. However, as this excellent investigative piece for the New York Times shows, the Russian invasion has highlighted the ethical issues that go with it, and should give its advocates pause for thought.  

In the UK, as in most of the rest of the world, commercial surrogacy is, strictly speaking, not permitted. The law in the UK provides for surrogates to be reimbursed for their "reasonable expenses" connected to the pregnancy. In practice, "reasonable expenses" is interpreted widely, to the point that you could reasonably argue that, in reality, we have a limited form of commercial surrogacy already, with many pushing for further liberalisation. We should tread carefully.