Commercial Surrogacy

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The advancement in human reproductive technology brings hope to infertile couples and surrogacy is one of the methods to help these couples. Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive method in which a woman carries a child in her uterus on behalf of another person or couple. In Hong Kong, commercial surrogacy is against the law whereas only the infertile couples with the certification and approval from doctors are permitted and no commercial dealing should be involved. Although some people oppose commercial surrogacy, it offers a business opportunity and hope to infertile couples and singles in Hong Kong, therefore, commercial surrogacy should be legalized. Ethical problem concerning life being destroyed is brought from commercial surrogacy.…show more content…
Surrogacy mother earn money by lending out her uterus and eggs to the client to give birth to a baby and leaves the baby to her client. Commercial surrogacy turns new life into commodities that can be bought and sold. The concept of motherhood is redefined and traditional understandings of parenting and family may then be affected. Regardless of the societal expectation of mother and motherhood being questioned, surrogacy indeed can help to maintain the societal expectation of both daughter in law and son in infertile couples. Commercial surrogacy assists couples of late marriage to have their child, by the same token, it solves family problems that may arise due to Chinese traditional belief. The infertility in couples may give rise to family problems as having a son to carry on the man’s name is the Chinese traditional belief. Infertile couples in Chinese families may suffer from great pressure due to the traditional belief. In the old days, Chinese emphasized on sons and only sons could inherit the properties of their father. As a responsible daughter in law, married women had to give birth to heirs or they could be divorced in the ancient period. Although this practice is not kept in the 21st century, Chinese still believe that sons carry the responsibility of carrying on the family’s name. Family history can only be continued through sons as daughters are…show more content…
These children may be confused when they are dealing with the problem of surrogate mother and genetic mother, according to study conducted by the Centre of Family Research at the University of Cambridge (2013). They may feel abandoned and have higher chance to develop into other emotional problems during their adolescence. Their relationship with parents may be affected. However, from the research conducted by Jadva&Imrien (2013), it shows that 77% of surrogacy children know the presence of their surrogate mothers and keep in touch with them. Most of the surrogacy mothers maintain a close relationship with the family of surrogacy children. Those surrogacy children can enjoy a double of love and caring through this relationship as they are treated as sibling or half sibling by surrogacy mother’s children. Their relationship with genetic parents is not affected, but instead they may support their genetic parents’ decision on
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