Payment To The Surrogate

Several ethical issues arise when it comes to financial payment to the surrogate. Although close friends or family may agree to donate their genetic material as an act of kindness, most surrogates expect to be financially compensated.

Most people agree that financial compensation should be made to the surrogate for her time and effort in initiating and carrying the pregnancy, her acceptance of the hazards of pregnancy and childbirth, delivering the baby, and her possible loss of employment opportunities. Do not compensate the surrogate for delivering an "acceptable product." This means that payment to the surrogate should not be contingent upon her delivering a healthy live-born baby because this would seem to devalue human life and turn surrogacy into a financial baby buying business.

Another matter of concern is that surrogacy payment may lead to the exploitation of potential surrogates. In most cases, women who agree to be surrogates have less education, financial resources, and power when compared to the intended parents. This is why it is imperative that the surrogate have her own independent legal and psychiatric counseling professionals. Otherwise, the surrogate may be at risk for being treated as an impersonal commodity.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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