Italian lawmakers began deliberating Wednesday a bill to toughen a ban on surrogacy to make it illegal to seek it abroad, sparking criticism the government was targeting LGBTQ rights.
If passed, the bill proposed by a member of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's far-right Brothers of Italy party would see Italians who seek surrogacy in other countries liable for prosecution on their return home.
Currently, Italian law stipulates that anyone who "carries out, organizes or publicizes" surrogacy in Italy faces three months to two years in jail and a fine ranging from 600,000 euros to one million euros.
Media reports suggest the vast percentage of people seeking surrogacy abroad are heterosexual couples who cannot have children themselves.
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