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The coronavirus pandemic is having a dramatic affect on LGBT+ parents who are expecting children via surrogacy, according to an open letter from the Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations (NELFA).

NELFA aims to raise awareness of LGBT+ families within the EU, and to ensure that LGBT+ families have the same rights in EU countries as families led by opposite-sex parents.

The organisation wrote an open letter to make “responsible ministries and administrations” aware of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on queer families using surrogacy to have children.

The letter read: “The coronavirus pandemic affects us all, more than ever expected at the beginning when the first cases were reported from China.

“In the meantime, we all face some sort of lockdown: serious administrative measures, travel bans, curfews, school closings et cetera.

“We are all extremely vulnerable, but some of us struggle with additional problems.”

It said the current restrictions are causing problems for LGBT+ families in “cross-border situations”, for example international surrogacy arrangements and fertility treatments abroad.

NELFA said that one of its volunteers had reported multiple instances... see more