Online controversy has erupted following a disturbing report of Brussels-based children fair where babies are allegedly being "sold to gay couples" aspiring to become parents. But how accurate is this claim?
Absolutely Shocking!— Jagar (@Jagar26866139) November 9, 2020
Children 'legally' sold to gays on child fair in Brussel❗️ ??? https://t.co/UMe4Kl5DzE
The report was written by the Polish writer Grzegorz Górny and published on Rmx news Central European website. In his article, Górny attacked an event organized by the Men Having Babies NGO, saying that a "two-day long international child expo took place in Brussels last weekend" so "rich gay men" can browse through different options of surrogate mothers that can bear their children.
In his article warning of legalizing surrogacy considering it "a new cultural war," the Polish writer suggested that such events are "offensive to women" and "treat them as though their only job is limited to reproduction." He also claims that "most surrogates are recruited from poor countries."
@MenHavingBabies I'm not sure if you care and I'm definitely not expecting you to take legal action but thought you might wanna know Polish state TV's website is basically likening you to you child traffickers. This is just the latest piece of their anti-LGBTQ propaganda.— Maja Heban (@HebanMaja) November 8, 2020
Polish national broadcaster together with far-right news outlets and downright fake news portals deplore Brussels' "Men having babies" conference. pic.twitter.com/024blbynaj— Kamil Mikulski (@Kamilm119) November 9, 2020
While many social media users shared the article in shock condemning the practice, others argued that it's "purposefully misleading to further demonize the LGBTQ+ community," accusing conservatives of mobilizing the public against liberal values, especially in Poland where tensions are on the rise after the government has outlawed most forms of abortion, triggering a wave of major protests over the last several weeks.
That level & type of deception is shocking. Those gay Dads have been destroyed emotionally - given seconds to say goodbye to baby Leo & tricked out of 800k Euros— Cass Blakeman ? 3.5% ?️ #FBPE❄️?? #NHSLove? (@WistfulCass) November 7, 2020
Who knew #Surrogacy was illegal in #France. Prescient theme about #Abortions in #Poland#DNA
According to Albawaba's Ewelina Lepionko, Grzegorz Górny is a well-known journalist who works for the national Polish TV and radio stations, and he has been quite known for the controversial views he regularly expresses in the Christian-conservative Portal Fronda.pl he founded in 1994. Górny has also written several books revolving around the history of the church and religion in Poland.
Despite the controversies, Grzegorz Górny has won several cultural and literary awards such as the Grand Press, Feniks, and the Jerzy Zieleński Prize, in addition to the Hungarian Order of Merit.