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Bradley 1Meghan BradleyProfessor DespainWR122 UH March 12 1997Should Surrogate Motherhood be PermittedSurrogate Motherhood is when one women carries to termthe fertilized egg of another woman This procedure is chosenby married couples who can not conceive a child in the naturalway In some occasions the mother may be able to produce anegg but has no womb or some other physical problem whichprevents her from carrying a child Whether or not the husbandcan produce a large amount of sperm is not a problem Once theegg and sperm are combined in a petri dish fertilization is verylikely to occur The couple will then choose a surrogatemother and make an agreement in which she will carry the babyand release it to the genetic parents after the birth There arefour different kinds of surrogacy arrangements TotalSurrogacy is when the woman bears a child that has been formedfrom the gametes of another woman and man and implanted in herbody Partial Surrogacy occurs when the birth mothercontributes the ovum and the sperm is introduced by artificialinsemination She is a biological parent of the child CommercialSurrogacy means a business-like transaction where a fee ischarged for the incubation period Lastly there is aNon-Commercial Surrogacy in which there is no formal contract Bradley 2or any payment to the birth mother It is usually an arrangementbetween close friends or family members1-10There is no federal policy on the issue of surrogacy allfifty states have been left to decide theses issues themselvesand create their own policies The majority of the states havenot yet legislated on this subject Those states that have takenpositions differ greatly from one another such as Californiaand Virginia who have taken opposing viewpoints California isthe state that is the most sympathetic to the genetic parents Under California law surrogacy agreements are enforceableand the genetic parents are given all legal parental rights tothe child In Virginia all legal parental rights to the child aregiven to the surrogate mother Who is the legal mother In thecase of
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