Two Sides of the International Surrogacy Story

There is a subject making headlines around the world which has caused a significant amount of debate amongst people interested in infertility. That subject is the increasingly common practice of American women to seek out surrogate mothers in foreign countries who will carry their babies at a much lower cost than would be found here in the United States. India and China have been two countries where this has occurred with increasing regularity. However, it's something that is taking place all around the world. And there are two very oppositional sides debating about whether or not it's a good thing. Those who are opposed to international surrogacy tend to cite their reasons as being primarily because it exploits women in third world countries who must rent out their wombs to survive. They also say that it's a bad health care choice for women who could use surrogates in the U.S. where their own doctors are located. Those who say that international surrogacy is a good thing argue that the women who get paid to carry babies in other countries benefit immensely so that it's a win-win situation. They make a lot more money through this method than would be possible in their areas otherwise and often use it to support their own families. Learn more about both sides of the issue from this great summary by Ellen Goodman. Question of the Day: Are you supportive or opposed to international surrogacy?

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