Surrogacy

The risky business of commercial baby-making

Source The Asean Post

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. But for those for whom this traditional family-building strategy doesn’t quite resolve itself, advances in the artificial reproductive field have made it possible to have genetically-linked children through surrogacy.

Surrogacy refers to the arrangement in which women become pregnant and carry a baby to term for contracted parties who will then assume the role of parents. Surrogacy could be traditional, in which the ovum of the surrogate mother is used, or gestational, in which the sperm and/or ovum used come from one or both of the intended parents or donors. It could be a commercial transaction, in which money changes hands for the service of a womb or a baby delivered, or an altruistic arrangement, in which the service of carrying the baby is done wholly to enable infertile persons to become parents.

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