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Spanish outrage over Ana Obregón’s surrogate pregnancy in the United States

After admitting that she had a daughter through surrogacy in the United States at the age of 68, Spanish actress Ana Obregón generated criticism.

Obregón is primarily recognized for his roles in a variety of Spanish comedies.

Her only child, a son, died of cancer at the age of 27 in 2020, and she has since spoken of her efforts to move forward with her life.

Spain prohibits all types of surrogacy, however, parents who return to the country can adopt the child.

Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to carry and give a child to another person. It is often, but not always, done for money.

Obregón, who lost both his parents as well as his son, appeared on the cover of Hola! This week, he was pictured outside a Florida hospital, holding a newborn baby.

Ana Obregón later responded to the magazine cover in an Instagram post, saying:

“A loving light entered my darkness and I will never be alone again. “I AM ALIVE AGAIN.”

His words sparked controversy on Spanish social media and the move angered certain ministers in Spain’s left-wing administration.

The Minister of Education, Pilar Alegra, described Obregón’s departure from the hospital as “Dantean”, regarding the Italian author’s descent into hell.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, referred to the action as “a form of aggression against women” and stated that there is a “clear poverty prejudice” against women who become surrogate mothers because they are economically disadvantaged.

Ms. Alegra further stated:

“This is not surrogacy; rather it is renting a uterus, which is prohibited in Spain.”

The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaos, commented:

“Women’s bodies should not be sold or rented to satisfy anyone’s whims.”

Cuca Gamarra, second in command of the conservative Popular Party, was more cautious and stated that the issue must be addressed through “deep and calm conversations” because it raises several moral, ethical and religious problems.

Almost five years ago, a socialist-led coalition government came to power in Spain and made women’s rights a top priority.

Earlier this year, it implemented stricter limits on surrogacy by banning advertising by surrogacy agencies.

It describes surrogacy as a form of violence against women and similarly classifies “reproductive exploitation,” forced pregnancy and abortion, forced sterilization, and forced contraception.