NEW YORK: Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan’s decision to have a child through surrogacy has earned him a fatwa by Bareilly’s Markazi Darul Ifta Dargah Al Hazrat. The fatwa says that hiring a surrogate mother violates Sharia laws.
Interestingly, the mullahs may have religious reasons to oppose a surrogate child, but they have found backing by the latest research which warns parents against having a child throug hsurrogacy.
The new research by the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge says that children born to a surrogate mother are more likely to have more emotional problems in later life than those born to biological mothers.
The findings of the research say that children born through surrogacy can cope with the fact that they were conceived using a donor egg and sperm. But they have problems in coming to terms with the fact that their parents are not their biological parents. Deep down, children born through surrogacy would resent the fact that they were carried by another woman, says the research findings published by Today.
As part of its study, the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge picked up 53 families who had children born naturally, 30 families who had children born to a surrogate, 31 families who used egg donation and 35 families who used donor sperm to have babies.
The researchers then studied the relationship of these children from these families to their parents when they were three, seven and ten years of age.
They found that children conceived through donor eggs and sperm were as good in their relationship with their parents as those born naturally.
But the children born through surrogacy or children who were carried by a woman other than their mother had emotional problems in life.
Research leader Prof Susan Golombok said these children had problems such as anxiety, depression and aggressive behaviour
“Adolescence is a potentially difficult for those born through egg or sperm donation or surrogacy,’’ she was quoted as saying.
“We hope to revisit the children next year when they are 14 years-old, as issues to do with identity become important in adolescence. This is also a time when relationships with parents can become more difficult.’’
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the number of babies born through surrogacy in the US has jumped by 30 per cent from 2004.
Though precise figures are not known, it is estimated that between 30,000 and 60,000 children are born through sperm donation in the US each year.