Surrogate Mothers: Not So Novel After All
Robertson, John A.
Hastings Center Report. 1983 Oct; 13(5): 28-34.
A law professor examines the legal, psychological, social, and ethical issues that arise in surrogate mothering and the problems that this procedure may create for the biological and adoptive parents, the child, and the state. Robertson considers the central issue of this and other "collaborative reproduction" methods to be the extent and nature of third party involvement rather than the deliberate separation of biologic and social parentage. He believes that the state's power to regulate surrogate arrangements may be limited by a couple's constitutional right to make procreative decisions. An insert on page 31 of Robertson's article summarizes the guidelines on "Ethical Issues in Surrogate Motherhood" issued in May 1983 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Insemination; Contracts; Family Relationship; Government; Government Regulation; Guidelines; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Legal Rights; Liability; Methods; Morality; Mothers; Motivation; Nature; Parent Child Relationship; Parents; Physician's Role; Psychological Stress; Power; Regulation; Remuneration; Reproduction; Rights; Risks and Benefits; Standards; State Government; State Interest; Surrogate Mothers;
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