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...
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