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Region Asia
Population 8653000
GDP (millions USD) 31,321
National Policies
Eggs for assisted reproduction ?
Eggs for research ?
Inheritable genetic modification ?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ?
Reproductive cloning ?
Research cloning ?
Sex selection ?
Surrogacy no policy
International Agreements
1997 COE Biomedicine Convention not signed
1998 COE Cloning Convention not signed
2005 UN Cloning Vote abstained
2005 UNESCO Sports Doping Convention RATIFIED

Key laws and policies

  • There are no specific laws regulating assisted reproduction or surrogacy. However, other laws are relevant. For example, pursuant to laws against human trafficking in that country, it may be considered exploitation and therefore would be against the law. [1]

Foundational values

  • A study of married women's attitudes to surrogacy in East Azerbaijan found that "a significant percentage of the women believed that commissioning couples are not the legal parents. The majority thought that surrogacy should be the last resort and that adopting a child is a better solution for infertile women who want a child. A majority were of the opinion that children born through surrogacy should not be informed about their birth history and that if they were, they could experience emotional problems. A significant percentage of the women reported that they would not recommend gestational surrogacy to infertile women." [2]

External links

[1] K. Svitnev1. P–068 "Legal regulation of medically assisted reproduction treatment in the C.I.S. (former USSR) countries and cross-border reproductive care," at

[2] Azad Rahmani, Fuchsia Howard, Nilofar Sattar Zadeh, Caleb Ferguson, Afsaneh Asgari, Hossein Ebrahimi. "Viewpoints of fertile women on gestational surrogacy in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran." Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol 11, No 1 (2014).