4. August 2010 00:57
The growing surrogacy phenomenon in which women agree to have their bodies used to undergo a pregnancy and give birth to the resulting baby is becoming a major issue of the 21st century. The practice is fraught with complexity and controversy surrounding the implications for women’s rights and health. Society is only beginning to grapple with the issues that it raises. Increasingly, surrogates function as gestational carriers, carrying a pregnancy to delivery after having been implanted with an embryo. Since the surrogate usually has no biological relationship to the fetus, she has no legal claim and the surrogate’s name does not appear on the birth certificate. In many countries and jurisdictions, most notably in Europe, surrogacy is an illegal medical procedure. But in the United States there is no Federal regulation of surrogacy and its fifty states constitute a patchwork quilt of policies and laws, ranging from outright bans to no regulation. In a first of its kind report by CRG, Surrogacy in America, serious issues related to women's health and human rights are revealed in a comprehensive fact filled report.