Journal Article

A Case for Permitting Altruistic Surrogacy

Brenda M. Baker
Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring, 1996), pp. 34-48
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Page Count: 15

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A Case for Permitting Altruistic Surrogacy
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Canada's Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies rejects all forms of surrogacy arrangement under the rubric of objecting to commercial surrogacy. Noncommercial surrogacy arrangements, however, can be defended against the commission's objections. They can be viewed as cases of giving a benefit or service to another in a way that expresses benevolence, and establishes a relationship between surrogates and prospective 'social' parents that allows mutual understanding and reciprocal personal interaction between them.