The practice of surrogate motherhood raises many complex ethical, legal and social issues. This paper focuses on the challenges posed by intercountry surrogacy arrangements to domestic legislations that prohibit this practice. Many European states are today placed in a paradoxical situation regarding surrogate motherhood because they prohibit this practice on the grounds that it is both degrading and exploitative of vulnerable women, as well as contrary to the best interest of the child. However, recent jurisprudence in Europe is compelling those same states to recognize the effects of surrogacy arrangements made abroad, and to recognize the parent-child relationship. The paradox lies in the fact that this jurisprudence is also based on the best interest of the child.