Australian model Robyn Lawley questions Kardashians over surrogacy decision


Australian model Robyn Lawley has spoken out against surrogacy and has questioned why more families don’t just adopt a child instead.

The mother-of-one said that she ‘despairs’ at the thought of a baby being taken away ‘after months of gestation’ and questioned how people ‘have let surrogacy become a business’ – despite paid surrogacy being illegal in Australia.

In an opinion piece for Nine Honey, the 33-year-old singled out Kim and Khloe Kardashian for using surrogates, before praising actress Angelina Jolie for adopting.

Australian model Robyn Lawley has spoken out against surrogacy and has questioned why more families don’t just adopt a child instead. Pictured in 2019 

‘When you quite clearly have the funds and the ability, what’s wrong with adoption? (Hello, Angelina Jolie!),’ she wrote. 

She added that she ‘understands’ the desire for ‘genetics to be carried through the bloodline’ but questioned why someone would ‘want to put another woman through such an ordeal’. 

In the piece, she failed to mention that Kim Kardashian, whose youngest two children were born via surrogate, had placenta accreta during her first two pregnancies and was told a third pregnancy could be potentially life-threatening.

Her sister Khloe, who recently welcomed her first son via surrogate after giving birth to daughter True in 2018, also stated medical reasons for not carrying baby number two.

The mother-of-one questioned how people 'have let surrogacy become a business' - despite paid surrogacy being illegal in Australia. Pictured in 2021

The mother-of-one questioned how people ‘have let surrogacy become a business’ – despite paid surrogacy being illegal in Australia. Pictured in 2021

‘Surrogacy is illegal in many countries, and understandably so, in my view – just because we have the technology doesn’t mean we should allow it,’ Robyn wrote. 

‘I don’t know how we’ve let a business come out of this,’ she opined.

‘Because at the end of the day, if a woman was allowing her body for use in New York like this, it would be for money. And I don’t think what they pay covers what the risks are in childbirth and afterwards – nor do I think the women are informed enough,’ she went on.’

In Australia, commercial surrogacy is illegal in all states, meaning expectant parents cannot pay a salary to their surrogate. However, they do have to cover all medical expenses in relation to pregnancy and birth.

The 33-year-old singled out Kim and Khloe Kardashian for using surrogates, before praising actress Angelina Jolie for adopting. Khloe pictured

The 33-year-old singled out Kim and Khloe Kardashian for using surrogates, before praising actress Angelina Jolie for adopting. Khloe pictured

'Surrogacy is illegal in many countries, and understandably so, in my view – just because we have the technology doesn't mean we should allow it,' Robyn wrote

‘Surrogacy is illegal in many countries, and understandably so, in my view – just because we have the technology doesn’t mean we should allow it,’ Robyn wrote 

Some US states, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine are the only places where commercial surrogacy is legal. Australian citizens can face criminal prosecution if they go abroad for commercial surrogacy. 

Despite her anti-surrogacy feelings, Robyn said that she ‘feels for the LGBTQIA+ community’ and understands ‘if a person wanted to carry for their friends’.

‘It’s one of those technologies where I feel that just because we can, doesn’t mean we always should,’ she added.

After suffering complications during her first two pregnancies, Kim and her estranged third husband Kanye 'Ye' West decided to use a surrogate to carry their two youngest children

After suffering complications during her first two pregnancies, Kim and her estranged third husband Kanye ‘Ye’ West decided to use a surrogate to carry their two youngest children

The international model has previously insisted she will not have any more children after being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease following childbirth.

After giving birth to son Ripley in 2015, she was diagnosed with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome with SLE lupus – a rare condition where immune cells attacks healthy cells. 

After spending a week in hospital believing her body was shutting down, the model was diagnosed with the condition which can lead to blood clots in both arteries and veins.

Robyn was swiftly put on strong medication, which meant she couldn’t breastfeed her newborn daughter with partner Everest Schmidt which left her ‘feeling guilty’

'I don't know how we've let a business come out of this,' Lawley opined

‘I don’t know how we’ve let a business come out of this,’ Lawley opined

The disease can also lead to pregnancy-related complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth and premature delivery, which is why she says: ‘I won’t get pregnant again out of pure fear’.

Robyn was catapulted into the spotlight in 2006 after appearing in teen magazine, Dolly.

Signed to a modelling agency at 18, she decided to switch to ‘plus size’ modelling, which increased her workload and appeal.

In 2011, the beauty went on to become the first ever ‘plus-size’ model in Vogue Australia’s 52-year-history, to feature in the magazine’s editorial fashion spread.

Robyn then forged an international modelling career, featuring on the cover of Vogue Italia, Elle France and GQ Australia.

The international model has previously insisted she will not have any more children after being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease following childbirth

The international model has previously insisted she will not have any more children after being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease following childbirth 

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