Womb Rentals and Baby-Selling: Does Surrogacy Undermine the Human Dignity and Rights of the Surrogate Mother and Child?

TitleWomb Rentals and Baby-Selling: Does Surrogacy Undermine the Human Dignity and Rights of the Surrogate Mother and Child?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsWatson, C
JournalNew Bioethics
Volume22
Issue3
Pagination212-228
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number20502877
KeywordsAltruism , CHILD , COMMODIFICATION , DIGNITY , etc. , exploitation , identity , laws , MOTHER , PROSTITUTION , rights , surrogacy , surrogate
AbstractThe question of surrogacy has dominated much of the European human rights agenda over the last two years, at the time writing, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe hopes to adopt a resolution on surrogacy in the coming months. There is, however, danger in taking action at a supranational level to address the European ‘surrogacy problem’, without first honestly answering the question: does surrogacy undermine the human dignity and rights of the surrogate mother and child? This paper presents the case that surrogacy, by its nature, necessarily undermines the human dignity of both the woman and child born through such arrangements, and thus neither commercial nor altruistic surrogacy can ever be justified.
NotesWatson, Clara 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham,London, UK; Source Info: Nov2016, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p212; Subject Term: Surrogate motherhood; Subject Term: Dignity; Subject Term: Surrogate mothers -- Legal status, laws, etc.; Subject Term: Mother & child; Subject Term: Altruism; Author-Supplied Keyword: child; Author-Supplied Keyword: commodification; Author-Supplied Keyword: exploitation; Author-Supplied Keyword: identity; Author-Supplied Keyword: prostitution; Author-Supplied Keyword: rights; Author-Supplied Keyword: surrogacy; Author-Supplied Keyword: surrogate mother; Number of Pages: 17p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/20502877.2016.1238582

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