Should surrogate motherhood be legal?
Resources used to support "yes."
Surrogate motherhood is a very controversial issue. Surrogate
motherhood refers to the process by which a woman volunteers to be
artificially inseminated and carry the child for a couple that
can't conceive on their own. But people differ in their beliefs
about whether this is ethical. Being a parent is a very important
part of life to many people and for some couples, this is the only
means of having a child. Therefore, surrogacy should be legal.
[Ashley Levin. ]
Motivations of Surrogate Mothers by Dr. Betsy P. Aigen.
This article discusses the interview processes and methods
used in selecting candidates to be surrogate mothers, It includes
demographic characteristics and attitudes related to surrogacy.
[Recommended by Ashley Levin.]
Surrogate Motherhood by Michelle Vadeboncoeur.
This paper was written for a bioethics course in 1995.
It present some of the issues and debates regarding surrogate
motherhood. [Recommended by Ashley Levin.]
Motherhood and the "Pursuit of Happiness" by Grenda Mayrack.
This paper was written for a philosophy course. It
discusses how surrogacy is the right of women and how the
government has no right to outlaw it. [Recommended by Ashley
- Why Legislators
Should Pass Positive Legislation Regarding Surrogacy by
Lawrence A. Kalikow.
This paper discusses the labeling that is given buy
society to couples who can't have children. It includes the legal
ramifications for surrogacy and a discussion of how difficult
adoption can be. [Recommended by Ashley Levin.]
- Various authors. 1988. Should surrogate motherhood be banned?
Common Cause Magazine, 14 (May/June):36-38.
Four different views on the controversy over surrogate
motherhood are presented in this special section of Common Cause
Magazine. Two views support the benefits of surrogacy and the
other two present the negative sides of the debate. [Recommended
by Ashley Levin.]
- Shannon, Thomas A. 1988. Surrogate Motherhood: The Ethics
of Using Human Beings. New York: Crossroad.
This book discusses the techniques and moral issues
concerning surrogate motherhood. It also discusses experiments
done with surrogate mothers and goes into detail about the kind of
women that become surrogates. [Recommended by Ashley