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Thursday, 03 August 2023 21:01

Ethical Considerations in Surrogacy

Infertility and the Emergence of Surrogacy

Infertility, a condition that prevents couples from conceiving or bearing children despite a year of unprotected intercourse, is a global issue affecting over 20% of couples. The causes are diverse and can affect both men and women, ranging from poor quality of sperm and eggs to genetic health issues.

In response to this growing issue, the medical field has developed various reproductive technologies. Among these, surrogacy has emerged as a highly successful method. It involves a healthy woman carrying and giving birth to a child for those who, for various reasons, cannot do it on their own. This method minimizes the risk of loss as it involves a healthy woman carrying the child. This advancement in reproductive technology has brought hope to many couples around the world. It has opened doors to possibilities that were once considered impossible.

Ethical Debates Surrounding Surrogacy

Despite its benefits, surrogacy has sparked numerous ethical debates. Society has raised several ethical concerns, including:

* The potential for child trafficking

* The commodification of a woman's body

* The exploitation of others' grief for financial gain

* The disruption of the genetic connection between the child and biological parents

* The potential negative impact on the mental health of parents and the surrogate mother

These concerns highlight the complexity of surrogacy and the need for careful consideration and regulation. However, it's important to balance these concerns with the potential benefits that surrogacy can offer.

The Positive Implications of Surrogacy

Surrogacy is not about exploiting women. Surrogate mothers participate voluntarily, often deriving moral satisfaction from helping others. In fact, research suggests that about 52% of surrogate mothers choose this path out of altruistic motives rather than material interest. This altruistic aspect of surrogacy is a testament to the human capacity for empathy and compassion.

Religious attitudes towards surrogacy vary, with some religions like Judaism generally supporting it. While other religions may not explicitly approve, they do not prohibit it if all requirements are met. This diversity in religious views reflects the multifaceted nature of surrogacy and its intersection with cultural and religious beliefs.

Ethical Guidelines in Surrogacy

Several ethical principles have been formulated to guide surrogacy:

* Voluntary agreement from both sides

* Responsibility for the life and health of the child by the surrogate mother

* Assistance to a surrogate mother only under a contract and under the supervision of lawyers

* Expenses for medical services and other needs are covered by prospective parents

* Termination of pregnancy if medically indicated

These principles serve as a roadmap for ethical surrogacy practices. They aim to protect the rights and well-being of all parties involved, ensuring that surrogacy is conducted in a manner that respects human dignity and rights.

Surrogacy: A Beacon of Hope

For many couples worldwide, surrogacy is the only chance to have a full family. It offers a solution to the demographic crisis, provides an opportunity for homosexual couples to have a genetically related child, and offers financial assistance to surrogate mothers. It allows biological mothers to continue pursuing a career, travel, and not limit physical activity.

While surrogacy has its opponents and supporters, each individual must decide their own stance and destiny. Some may fear societal condemnation, while others may already be cradling their child in their arms, all thanks to surrogacy. Despite the challenges and controversies, surrogacy remains a beacon of hope for many. It's a testament to the lengths humanity will go to create life and build families. As we move forward, it's crucial to continue the conversation and work towards ethical, respectful, and inclusive practices in surrogacy.

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Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.