Running head: Surrogate Motherhood
Unit 6 Project: Surrogate Motherhood
June 20, 2009
“According to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth by the CDC, infertility affects about 12 percent of the reproductive-age population. In the United States, this includes 7.3 million women and their partners.” With such a high number of infertile couples with limited options to have children why does the public feel so opposed to surrogate motherhood? Public views on surrogate motherhood include opinions of baby selling and utilizing a woman’s body wrongly. States such as Michigan and New York have actually banned it. Yet commercial surrogate motherhood is a phenomenal way to provide these infertile couples with a special gift of life that is genetically linked to them and therefore should be legalized across the U.S. (The Statistics on Infertile Couples)
Although surrogacy goes back in history from biblical times to the late 1800’s and has been practiced in different countries, cultures, and religions, the U.S. is still quite opposed to the idea. Even with more than 30 thousand births due to surrogacy, commercial surrogate motherhood has been quite criticized over the years. However, no one really talks about the reason why infertility has risen throughout the years. The fact is that infertility has increased quite a bit within the younger generation community. The reason for this being problems posed by sexually transmitted diseases, exposure to occupational hazards and environmental toxins. (Surrogacy: the psychological issues) Now with such a high rate of infertility and surrogacy as an option, why is surrogacy still being criticized?
A lawyer by the name of Noel Keane experienced quite a bit of this criticism first hand when he created the first surrogacy agency in the early 1980’s. In order to do so he had to defy the laws of Michigan as he...