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Desperate need for more surrogate mothers in SA

As fertility rates decline globably, more women are resorting to clinics for help.

The Aevitas clinic’s world renowned professor Thinus Kruger says same sex couples also need surrogate mothers. Picture: Freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town fertility professor says there is a desperate need for surrogate mothers countrywide.

As fertility rates are declining globally, more women are resorting to clinics for assistance to fall pregnant.

The Aevitas clinic's world-renowned Professor Thinus Kruger pioneered South Africa's first test tube baby more than thirty years ago.

He says some women have serious medical conditions making it difficult for them to carry a pregnancy to term.,

"I think there are more people with medical conditions that will force them to ask for a surrogate and they're not freely available."

He says same sex couples also need surrogate mothers.

"We've had successful cases in the past, exactly like the Elton John case. South Africa's law on surrogacy is very clear and it supports stable relationship couples to make use of the surrogate."