Pros And Cons Of Commercial Surrogacy

1070 Words5 Pages
In 1985, parents Bill and Betsy Stern had their child taken from their home. Twenty-six year old surrogate mother, Mary Beth Whitehead, came a mere four days after delivery and abducted Baby M (produced child). According to Bill and Betsy Stern, all went smoothly for the nine months prior to the birth and no complications arose between them and the carrier. As a result of Betsy’s diagnosis of sclerosis, both her and Bill decided they still wanted children without the dangers it would inflict upon Betsy and so decided to go with the surrogacy route. Whitehead was therefore the egg donor as well as the carrier. This ultimately provided Whitehead with support or physical evidence to take her want for custody to court. After weeks of court and…show more content…
Women are not forced into this role but willingly accept it. Some to simply help childless families, others to support their own. Moreover, women “frequently receive compensation—not for the child exactly, but for her labors” (Spar 71). Women do not sell their children, because they are not “their” children to sell. In her article, “How the Rise of Commercial Surrogacy is Turning Babies into Commodities” (2014), Claire Achmad highlights that surrogacy increases the chance of abandonment and violation of children’s right. Achmad develops her argument by using statistics on the growth of surrogacy, in order to point out the reasons it may be growing along with the consequences it will bring. Her purpose is to sway her audience against surrogacy. She appeals to those who see surrogacy as a abnormal or modernized approach to issues that date back a countless number of years and to those that may be able to stop or limit surrogacy by voting against it. She uses human rights laws to illustrate the way surrogacy counteracts them. However, this is close to impossible due to the variety of laws which have been articulated throughout different regions of the…show more content…
The timeline of a mere ten years can indicate substantial growth in science and medicine. The known errant of health and literal growth is infertility. Infertility wraps around its victims refusing to let go. Methods to dissolve the hold of infertility can be treatments to reverse it, adoption, and surrogacy. Surrogacy provides couples with the option of having their own, biologically related children. Although some disapprove of surrogacy, the undeniable truth is that surrogacy provides those who are otherwise unable to encounter parenthood and experience the phenomenon which has encompassed the world for countless years. The surrogate industry, while sometimes complicated, continues to prosper and become more and more popular. This unconventional solution to infertility is one which cannot be overlooked. Its stretchable boundaries give an avenue for most looking to overcome their state of health. Whether a miracle of life or violation of human rights, surrogacy remains a key element in impacting the lives of those in desperate search of

More about Pros And Cons Of Commercial Surrogacy

Open Document