21 Sep Reader Poll: “Women: Would you consider being a surrogate mother for an adult child or other family member?”
“Women: Would you consider being a surrogate mother for an adult child or other family member?”
Here’s how readers responded:
16 percent “Yes”
65 percent “No Way”
19 percent “Uncertain”
This question was asked in the quake of a slate of news reports of women being surrogate moms for their own children or other family members. In other words, some of these women carried their own grandchildren to term. (You can see some of those stories linked below.) Based on the poll response, it appears that the vast majority of our female readers had no interest in that.
We should probably clarify that there is a difference between being a “gestational carrier” (the pregnant woman’s egg was not used) and a “surrogate mother” where the pregnant woman contributed her own egg. Perhaps that understanding would have made a difference in the response.
Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) including In vitro Fertilization (IVF) is fraught with many ethical questions. ART has been used over the decades to bring children to married couples who were unable to have their own children – a wonderful thing. They have also been used to rob children of both a mother and a father – as is the case when homosexual couples and single moms utilized the technology. These technologies have also paved the path for indiscriminate destruction of human embryos.
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