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Most countries have unclear legislation about surrogacy and the debate is on. Should surrogacy be legalized and under what conditions?

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Ever since the commercial surrogacy industry kicked off in the late 1970s, it has been awash with scandals, exploitation and abuse. From the infamous “Baby M” case – in which the mother changed her mind and was forced, in tears, to hand over her baby – to the Japanese billionaire who ordered 16 children from different Thai clinics. Then there’s the case of the American surrogate mother who died; or the intended parents who refused to accept a disabled child and tried to get their surrogate to abort; not to mention the baby factories in Asia.

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Surrogacy is a form of prostitution. Most women are forced into surrogacy by coercion or economic need. Surrogacy is by definition degrading to women. It reduces them to merchandise to be bought and sold. Legalizing it would reinforce their oppression by male-dominated societies and present a clear affront to the concept of gender equality. Legalizing surrogacy would send a message to new generations that women are not commodities. Surrogacy is a Form of Alienated Labor in term of Hegel's philosophy. Surrogate mother are emotionally attached to the 'product' of their work and her work process. It's physical reproductive labor.

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This page was last edited on Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 21:00 UTC