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Surrogate Motherhood What is the goal of the human race Science tells us the goal of the human race is essentially the same as that of a basic human cell Survival If the ultimate goal of humanity is survival then this necessarily means reproduction Humans can only survive if they continue to reproduce However should this reproduction be through only natural means What about couples who are not able to reproduce That is either the male or the female is sterile Is that the end of the story for them In an instant a couples dreams of having a family raising children and having someone to take care of them when they get older can be shattered not through any fault of their own Is this fair Under these circumstances the couples that want to have children have only a few options They can choose not to have children they can adopt or they can take advantage of reproductive technology and have a child through assisted reproductive methods The legal moral and religious implications of undertaking such a task are many First some argue that the Constitution implicitly provides a right to procreate Others claim that where this right is not explicit it should not extend to reproductive technology Furthermore the law often cannot adequately deal with questions such as what constitutes a parent that have traditionally been defined in biological terms Cases over the past ten years have forced the courts to address the issue whereas courts are reluctant to make law and prefer to leave such decisions to the legislatures Consequently legislatures have had to face the challenge of regulation and about one-half have not adequately addressed the issue This altering of nature has given rise to moral and religious questions as well Is it against the laws of nature to produce a child in a laboratory Most of the reproductive techniques involve means other than traditional procreation From the
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