My Body Your Baby

Topics: Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Assisted reproductive technology Pages: 3 (885 words) Published: April 30, 2013
Linda Brown
Professor Hoke
English 1301.38
Tues-Thurs 9:35-10:55

Surrogacy: You’re Body – Her Baby

For many couples, having a child of their own is medically impossible. Surrogacy is an option that has become available to those women. The impossible becomes possible to have their own child biologically related to one of them. Not all Families begin at the same chapter, everyone step to the beat of a different drummer. While the growing trend in the American household is of having husband and wife working, many couples are marrying later and delaying having children. However, there are those that consider surrogacy as baby selling. Hence the issue of morality raises its ugly head. For those who are unable to conceive it is a Godsend. Surrogate mothers are not selling a child; they are just providing a service.

There are almost no statistics on how many women and families involved in the surrogacy market. The only numbers found only describe gestational surrogacy IVF cycles and give no indication of the traditional surrogacy. Nevertheless, the available reports from the CDC and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) clearly show that the number of infants born to gestational surrogated almost doubled from 2004 to 2008, from 738 babies born to nearly 1,400. These numbers, while only skimming the surface of the entire surrogacy market, will surely continue to rise. (Magdalina Gugucheva 2010).

That is not to say that surrogacy does not have its legal issues, Surrogacy falls under state jurisdiction and the legal situation for surrogacy will vary from state to state. Some have written laws and legislation and others have not, but instead have what is called law regimes in place to deal with those surrogacy issues. Some surrogacy friendly states only offer support for married heterosexual couples. For legal purposes, what matters is where the contract is completed, where the surrogate lives, and where the birth place takes...
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