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Commercial surrogacy refers to any surrogacy arrangement where the surrogate mother is compensated for her services beyond reimbursement of medical expenses.
You can contact a surrogacy professional to find out the different kinds of surrogacy journeys you can take. But, continue reading to learn more about commercial surrogacy right now.
The alternative to commercial surrogacy is altruistic surrogacy, in which a woman volunteers to carry a pregnancy for intended parents without receiving any monetary compensation in return.
Most altruistic surrogacies are between family members or close friends; for example, when a woman offers to carry a pregnancy for her sibling or child without compensation, this would be considered altruistic surrogacy. If you are working with a surrogacy professional to locate a surrogate, your surrogacy is most likely commercial.
There has been some debate over the ethics of commercial surrogacy. Critics of the practice feel that it takes advantage of vulnerable women, exploits the system of reproduction and commoditizes human life. However, surrogacy advocates argue that it is unfair for a woman to carry a baby for someone else and get nothing in return. Proponents of commercial surrogacy also believe it is best to openly allow the practice so that it can be regulated and so everyone’s rights can be protected.
While the commercial surrogacy debate is still ongoing, this form of surrogacy has helped thousands of infertile couples, single parents and members of the LGBT community add to their families.
Ethical concerns have led some countries and U.S. states to ban or restrict commercial surrogacy arrangements. These commercial surrogacy laws are intended to protect women and children, but they also have some consequences that need to be considered. This section addresses commercial surrogacy laws in the United States and internationally, as well as some of the consequences these laws have had on surrogacy arrangements.
There are no internationally recognized surrogacy laws protecting intended parents, surrogate mothers, and children. Some countries, including France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, prohibit all forms of surrogacy, whereas others only allow altruistic surrogacy or ban people from other countries from working with a surrogate.
There are a few risks with international surrogacy:
Commercial surrogacy is legal in some U.S. states, while other states allow only altruistic surrogacy and some disallow surrogacy altogether.
Certain states that do allow commercial surrogacy, like California, have some of the most well-defined surrogacy laws in the world. This makes these states a popular destination for infertile couples in the United States and around the world who want to pursue commercial surrogacy and be assured that it is safe and their rights are protected.
The popularity of California as a surrogacy destination highlights the high global demand for commercial surrogates and echoes the opinion of commercial surrogacy advocates: that intended parents should be able to pursue commercial surrogacy in an environment where it is legal and well-regulated.
Clearly, there are many arguments to be made for and against commercial surrogacy. The advantages and disadvantages of this type of surrogacy will also depend to some extent on where the surrogacy is completed, the relationship between the intended parents and the surrogate, and more. Each prospective intended parent should consider the benefits and challenges of commercial surrogacy, as well as their own individual goals and circumstances, as they decide whether this form of surrogacy is right for them.
Here is an overview of some of the pros and cons of commercial surrogacy:
Commercial surrogacy, when completed legally and ethically, can be a wonderful way for people to come together to help hopeful parents add to their families. Intended parents who are concerned about the legal or ethical implications of commercial surrogacy should work with an experienced professional in a country or state with clear surrogacy laws, and ensure their surrogate is compensated and treated fairly.
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