What do UFI readers think about Surrogate Mothers?

What do UFI readers think about Surrogate Mothers?

Here’s last week’s UFI Family Poll question and here is the response:

What are your thoughts on a surrogate mother carrying a child for an infertile heterosexual couple? (child not conceived from the egg of the surrogate mother)

33 percent said                 “a positive and altruistic thing to do”

67 percent                          “a morally and ethically questionable thing to do”

The article, The Most Wanted Surrogates in the World, was linked to.  This article had a relatively positive view of the topic, yet the majority of our readers think surrogacy is a bad idea.  Anyone had any experience with this they’d like to share?

While we’ve got your attention, here’s the question of the week:

What is the greatest predictor of juvenile violence and crime?

  • poverty
  • neighborhood environment
  • fatherlessness
  • lack of education

Go to our website at www.unitedfamilies.org and scroll down to locate our Family Poll on the bottom right of page.  We want to hear from you!

1Comment
  • Dr. Vernon Raaflaub
    Posted at 10:17h, 23 November Reply

    Readers should be aware that it happened in biblical days, too! Jacob had children by surrogate mothers who were brought in by his wives, Rebekah and Leah. Was this right or wrong? The Scripture does not actually say; we do know it resulted in a host of problems, but that was more because Jacob had children by four different women, than the issue of surrogate motherhood. Polygammy was allowed in the Old Testament, though it was not God’s original plan.

    Also related to the issue: Whose sperm and egg were used? Is there a difference between using a surrogate mother and adoption, and if so, what? Are enough babies available for adoption? All this needs to be studied and debated by Christian ethicists.

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