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Arguments for and against Surrogacy
What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to become pregnant and delivers a child for other people such as a couple who is unable to. There are times when the woman is the real genetic mother of the child but there are also times when they implant the female with an embryo and the woman is merely a carrier of the child, as if a container for the development of the embryo until its birth.
There are many different and opposing views regarding surrogacy. There are many arguments for and against surrogacy. There are many people who consider this practice as immoral and of course there are also those that consider it as something that is acceptable.
The legality of surrogacy is different for every country. There are countries that consider the birth mother as the legal mother while there are those that don't. In countries such as India, surrogacy is legal and is actually considered as commercial where many women are earning profits from surrogacy. India is now considered as the world's leading surrogacy-related tourism destination where many foreigners are looking to have a woman to be a carrier of their child.
Arguments for and Against Surrogacy
It is very beneficial to those who cannot conceive their own baby. There are some people though that view this as a form of selling or soliciting a woman's body which may be related to prostitution. Those against prostitution see this as very immoral and a form of degrading women. Those who are for it are, on the other hand, believe in the woman's freedom and sovereignty over her own body and have the right to become a carrier if she wished. It is not different from adoption, if the woman is in case the real genetic mother, or if they implant her with an embryo, she is not genetically related to the baby and is just sort of a means of helping other couples who cannot conceive.
There are also arguments that say that surrogacy is somewhat related to donation of organs such as donating kidneys, where there are many places in the world where it is illegal. Those who are not in favor of surrogacy also talk about the mother and child relationship. Most of them say that there is nothing like the care and love that can come from a real birth mother.
All in all, there really are a lot of debates about it and there is really no way of saying that it is wrong or immoral. In many places it is considered as okay. It is really all about tolerance. There really is no one being hurt by this process and for as long as there is consent from the woman, I don't think there is anything wrong with it. It makes no sense to me how the mother and child relationship could be important if it is just an implanted embryo and the woman or carrier is in no way related to the child.
Like I have said, there are many arguments for and against surrogacy and it is almost an endless debate that will never end. For those who are considering surrogacy, you should really do more research about it first such as the safety, the legal matters, and the morality of it all. I am not really saying it is wrong or it is right. There are really many ways we can look at it.