Monday, April 14, 2014

The "Brave New World" of surrogacy.

An issue in the Minnesota legislature and beyond is surrogacy, the treatment of children as a commodity and the exploitation of women.

Here's a good article on the topic by Jennifer Lahl and Christopher White. 
This wide-ranging and often confusing mix of surrogacy legislation shows that our laws have failed to keep up with ever-advancing reproductive technologies and the ways we use them, increasingly, to form our families. The fallout from the dearth of serious reflection on the ethics and uses of these technologies has allowed for the explosion of a lucrative, unregulated fertility industry in the United States, leaving women and children unprotected. Laws that aim to legitimize the practice are driven by the powerful partnership that those who are desperate for children form with the doctors and lawyers eager to profit from this pursuit.

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