Acordreia M. Pratt
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a child, usually for an infertile couple. The process involves artificial insemination technology, where by the husband sperm is transferred and the surrogate mother conceives the child. Making a decision to become a surrogate mother or hiring a surrogate requires a lot of planning, thought, and preparation. In my opinion surrogacy is a wonderful idea because there is the thought of religious factors, and it brings happiness to individuals and couples who can’t bear children, and but on the other hand I also feel that it is not a good idea because it involves financial transactions, and there are huge emotional issues with the surrogate mothers when it comes to giving the baby to the parents. There are two types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational. The traditional type of surrogacy involves the surrogate mother being artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended farther of sperm from a donor when the sperm count is low. In either case the surrogate’s own egg will be used, but genetically the surrogate becomes the mother of the resulting child. Also in some cases cryopreserved sperm, or frozen stored sperm may be used. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother has no genetic ties to the offspring. Eggs and sperm are extracted from the donors and in vitro fertilized and implanted into uterus of the surrogate. “This is an expensive procedure.”(Storey). The command given to man was to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28). When looking at the role religion has played in surrogate motherhood, I tend to look at the story of Abraham and Sarah. The moral and ethical issue surrounding the scenario was Sarah arranging for Abraham and Hagar to have them a child. It was the practice of her native country where there was no hope bearing children for the spouse to give her maid to provide an heir for the family. This was one of the legal codes of Mesopotamia. Precisely the wife determined the rights of the offspring. It is my understanding that GOD did not condone the practice of surrogacy. Abraham was accused of following the footsteps of Adam. They allowed their spouses to lead them astray instead of trusting and obeying. The outcome was suffering and disappointment. Scriptures also tells us that their imagined blessing proved to be a curse. Domestically there was a lot of tension, heartache, and hatred between the women. Considering all of the pain and heartache associated with surrogacy in the Bible the scenarios emphatically point out man choosing to be selfish. They made laws for self-aggrandizement. Some feel that the inability to conceive is a result of past sin and they are being punished. “Adventists believe that GOD is concerned with all dimensions of human life and his principles should be followed.” (Storey).
The concept of surrogate motherhood is becoming very popular, as infertile couples are coming forward and welcoming this concept whole-heartedly. Surrogacy is a way to bring the happiness of parenthood to a couple who would otherwise not have been able to enjoy it. For example, gay male couples can’t carry children but want children just like any other couple would if they were together. So most of them look to surrogacy to solve the problem because in this situation one of the fathers would actually be the father due to traditional artificial insemination, rather than looking at adopting a child that is no way there’s in anyway. If successful the couple will be extremely happy and grateful. Although it is an act of love, it also involves financial transaction. Surrogate mothers obviously charge for carrying the child in their womb. But the question is what kind of women carries a child for nine months, and then just hands it over after birth? “Women, especially housewives, or those women who are living alone as their husbands are serving overseas, they do the job as a...