Spanish government ministers criticized 68-year-old actress Ana Obregon, who, according to the weekly “Hola!” opted for a surrogate pregnancy in the United States. Surrogacy in Spain is illegal. The actress lost her only 27-year-old son in 2020.
Ana Obregon, TV presenter and actress known for her Spanish comedy series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, appeared on the cover of Hola! The photo was supposed to be taken in front of one of the hospitals in the American Miami. It shows Obregon sitting in a pram holding a newborn baby.
Billed as an exclusive article, it is titled: “Ana Obregon, mother of a surrogate baby girl.” As noted by Reuters, it did not quote the actress’ statements, did not cite any sources, and did not state whether the actress paid the surrogate mother.
Obregon showed the cover on her Instagram. “We were caught! A light full of love fell on my darkness. I will never be alone again. I live again,” she wrote.
The actress’ only child, son Ales Lequio, died of cancer in 2020. He was 27 years old.
Surrogate pregnancy in the US, controversy in Spain
The reports of Obregon caused controversy in Spanish society. Reuters reported that three ministers (for equality, for budget and for presidency, relations with the parliament and democracy) publicly criticized the move even though, according to the magazine “Hola!” – it took place abroad.
“Women’s bodies should not be bought or rented to satisfy someone’s desires,” said Felix Bolanos, a Spanish politician, lawyer and minister for the Presidency, Parliamentary Relations and Democracy.
Commercial surrogacy is an agreement whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child, which she will then pass on to payers. Critics equate such action with human trafficking. It is illegal in the European Union.
Main photo source: DyD Fotografos/Geisler-Fotopress/PAP/DPA