Global Baby Making

TitleGlobal Baby Making
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHedahl, M, Henderson, M, Heurer, K, Nelson, JL, Rieder, TN, Whyte, K
Corporate AuthorsGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society,, American Society for Bioethics + Humanities,
Date Published04/2013
PublisherGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society
Place PublishedWashington, D.C.
KeywordsBIOETHICS , biomedical engineering , MEDICINE , PHILOSOPHY
Abstract(Page 8 of PDF) Sam and Rachel are a committed Lesbian couple who wish to start a family. Neither woman wants to gestate a baby, and after much discussion, they decide they would rather not have a child that is genetically related to just one of them, as that would be unfair. In addition, they would prefer not to adopt. So, after selecting an egg and sperm, the egg is fertilized in vitro, and the embryos are frozen and shipped to India where the couple's chosen fertility clinic has located a surrogate for Sam and Rachel. The embryo is implanted in the surrogate, who becomes pregnant on the first attempt. A few weeks before the delivery, Sam and Rachel travel to India and once the baby is born, they return to the U.S. with their new child. The surrogate mother earned $6,000 for her part in the procedure, which is more than she would make in 10 years of working at her normal job. Is there anything morally wrong with this kind of globalized baby-production? If everyone involved benefits from the arrangement, is there any moral reason to oppose it?
NotesCase from the 2013 Bioethics Bowl head as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Hosted by Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. April 5-7, 2013.
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