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A 68-year-old Spanish actress became a mother thanks to womb surrogacy and the news sparked a fierce controversy: is anything goes?

There is, in the photo, something out of place.



leaves the clinic accompanied by assistants who push her wheelchair.

She is in her late


, beautifully and elegantly dressed, she embraces a


that may only have a few days to live.

The help does not protect a postpartum woman but an older woman carrying a baby.

There is, between the newborn girl and her legal mother,

68 years


Ana Obregon.

Photo: CC BY-SA 2.1 en/Wikipedia

Ana Obregón

is a famous woman.

Spanish actress and television presenter, she leads one of those

transparent lives

: everything she makes of herself, all her joys and all her tragedies are seen and commented on by the public in her country.

If she stars in a series, they photograph her.

If she wins an award, they photograph her.

If her son dies of cancer, they photograph her.

And now, if she pays a woman in the United States to


her daughter out of her old age, she is also photographed.


twilight maternity

of Ana Obregón, the


of this practice in Spain and the

economic implications

of surrogacy (the rich always pay and they always give birth poor) sparked a controversy that went beyond Spanish borders.

Anything goes?

Is the desire

of adults

more important or the

right to identity

of the boys and girls born from these practices?

I don't want to be your dream

In recent years, those first brought into the world thanks to sperm or egg donors began, now that they are adults, to make themselves heard.

María Sellés is 32 years old and she does not want to feel like "the dream" of her mother, who gave birth to her thanks to a

sperm bank

in Spain.

Ana Obregón and her son Alex Lequio who died in 2020. (@ana_obregon_oficial)

"Everything is designed so that parents who cannot have children can do it, everything is done from a

supposed right to maternity

that does not exist. I don't care if you are lesbian, gay or heterosexual," she told the newspaper La Vanguardia.

Three years ago, María Sellés founded the

Associació de Fills i Filles de Donants

(AFID) so that other adults born from gamete donations together question the public authorities to access the

information of their biological progenitors

, as is the case in countries such as France and Portugal.

"Did they pay for me? Did they pick me like a loaf of bread? Did my biological father consume pornography?

Was I frozen

? Why can the giver and recipients decide, but I can't?"

The questions that torment the Catalan Miquel, 37, about his


resonate more and more.

Anything goes?

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Source: clarin

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