Should surrogate motherhood be legal?

Resources used to support "no."

Surrogate motherhood is an agreement between the adopting couple and an agency or a surrogate mother. Whether negotiated privately or through an agency, it is a highly emotional situation involving large amounts of time, money and patience. This complicated arrangement is legal in a few states, but illegal in others. Because of many factors, this process may be a success or a failure. For example, many surrogate mothers wrestle with emotional issues of letting a baby go after its birth. And many adopting couples have to deal with legal snags and the ethics of buying a baby. Many people question whether it is really worth the time and trouble to enter a surrogacy arrangement just to have a child in this manner. [Laura Matthies]


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