Essay on Surrogate Motherhood

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Surrogate Motherhood is something that not many people actually support, even though it “is one of the many reproductive techniques that have enabled infertile couples to have children” (qtd. in Freedman). There are two types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational. The traditional type of surrogacy involves the surrogate mother being (AI) artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father or sperm from a donor when the sperm count is low. In either case the surrogate’s own egg will be used. Genetically the surrogate becomes the mother of the resulting child (Storey). Although there are two different types of surrogacy, a traditional surrogacy is rarely seen or done anymore. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother has…show more content…
Before the fertilization process, the surrogate mother should know her legal rights; And prior to signing a contract, a legal advisor and/or lawyer is necessary to make sure that the rights of the surrogate mother will not be neglected by the couple involved (Pitts 1). In order to avoid disputes, most infertility clinics require a contract. Legal counsel is recommended in order that all involved, to ensure that local laws are kept in compliance (Storey). There are already a significant amount of states that already demand contracts amongst both parties. Signing that contract gives the biological parents legal rights and custody to that child from the moment that it is born:
Some states require a contract among all parties to the surrogacy birthing arrangement, and there are often requirements that the contract address certain issues. However, good practice requires that a host of additional issues be addressed in a contract in order to forge a true "meeting of the minds" on what is undoubtedly one of the most personal and complicated of concerted human actions… (Johnson 5.)
The carrier, and the biological parents have to come to an understanding that the carrier must be aware that once the child is born they no longer have any type of custody of that child. The carrier must understand and agree that after giving birth to the child, the have absolutely no relationship/contact with the child. The
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