Stolen Motherhood, Surrogacy and Made-to-Order Children
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Baraka Books
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Stolen Motherhood

Surrogacy and Made-to-Order Children

Baraka Books

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Neither marginal nor secret, contracting surrogate mothers is growing rapidly
and is regarded as socially progressive. Yet the “process” is vitiated from
the get go, i.e., commissioning a woman to bear, birth, and surrender a baby.
Surrogacy undermines a woman’s human dignity. It makes her an instrument in
other people’s project and attacks her equal gender rights. It also
objectivizes and denies the rights of the child to be born. Countries that
have adopted a fait accompli approach (simply regulating) have seen people,
coached by shrewd international brokers, go “international.” That only means
the surrogate mother is from a poor country with lax legislation while the
commissioning parents are from a rich one. By examining the “surrogacy
process” and all its implications, Maria De Koninck reaches the conclusion
that the best way forward is an international ban on surrogacy. Maria De
Koninck (PhD) was Université Laval’s first Chair of Women’s Studies. Her
research has focused on women’s health, including childbirth and reproductive
technologies. Her 20 years of international experience include work on HIV-
AIDS in West Africa and maternal mortality (notably for WHO). She lives in
Quebec City. Arielle Aaronson is a Montreal translator with degrees from
Concordia and McGill. She has translated both fiction and nonfiction for all
audiences. Excerpt “A human can never be a means to an end. Surrogacy is not
socially legitimate, especially considering how much women have fought for
centuries—particularly since the 19th century—to be recognized as persons in
their own right, capable of performing the same functions as a man and not
confined to reproductive roles (childbirth, caregiving, domestic work). (…)
Legalizing a practice that subjects some of them to fulfilling a reproductive
role for the sole purpose of satisfying sponsors is unacceptable in this
context.” (p. 144)
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