Surrogacy is described, by Merriam-Webster-Dictionary, as the practice by which a woman (called a surrogate mother) becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby in order to give it to someone who cannot have children. Surrogacy is of six types and it pertains to different laws in different countries like India, Ukraine and Georgia. It can result in a child that is either biologically related to one parent or related to both the parents or biologically related to neither of the two parents who would adopt that child.
Surrogacy is a way of having a biological child for a single parent or for a couple who cannot bear children. It gives hope to people who desire to have their own children but are unable to; it gives hope to the parents who do not see adoption as a choice. Parents living in countries like the UK, where surrogacy is illegal, choose to have surrogate mothers in foreign countries but that cannot be done in countries, such as India, where commercial surrogacy is illegal. In commercial surrogacy which is legal in countries like The United States of America, the surrogate is compensated for her time and efforts that she puts into the pregnancy. She is fairly paid for the pain she goes through along with the other physical and emotional changes that she undergoes. An alternative to that is altruistic surrogacy where the motive of the surrogate mother is the welfare of others. She is only reimbursed for the medical costs and other reasonable pregnancy-related expenses. Altruistic pregnancy is legal in many countries where commercial surrogacy is illegal. One such example is India where commercial pregnancy is illegal so as to prevent the surrogates to make a business out of the birth of a child.
Where, on one hand, surrogacy is considered a boon for people desiring biological children with an inability of doing so, on the other hand, it is considered a bane.by some. The contracts do not just protect the rights of the parents and their claim over the child but also the surrogate mother and her health.
Another misconception about surrogacy is that surrogate children do not turn out to be normal, they are unlike other children. This is certainly not true as surrogate children turn out to be alright and are as normal as any other child born to biological parents. The procedure is safe for the surrogate mother as well as the surrogate child. The womb of a mother does not make any difference in how the child will turn out to be; it is a temporary place for the fetus to grow. How that child turns out to be would, like other children, depend on its upbringing.
Along, with this the supporters of surrogacy in some countries believe that surrogacy should be a choice made by the surrogate mother and the parents of the child. The government should not intervene in this agreement as it is between two consenting parties. Women should have the right over their bodies and reproductive organs and should use them whichever way they want. Government intervention in the exercise of reproductive rights of women is highly criticized. Furthermore, it is believed that those who oppose it and think of surrogacy as immoral and unethical should not practice it but should not take away the right of having children from others. Every person has the right to have their own biological children and no one should be able to take away that right from them. It is only humane to let someone, who is unable to have children, become a parent.
In countries like the UK, surrogacy contracts are not enforceable by the law. Even if both the parties have signed a legal agreement, the surrogate mother will remain the legal parent of the child and will have every right over it. If the parents have paid the medical expenses of the surrogate mother, it would still remain her child and not the parents’. The child can be adopted by legal methods after birth but till that is done, the surrogate will have every right over it.
As opposed to that, in countries like Georgia, surrogacy is legal and is seen as a legal contract in the eyes of the law. It is an extremely efficient process in Georgia despite a lack of established surrogacy laws. In recent years, there has been a boon of surrogate pregnancies in Ukraine as surrogacy laws there are liberal. This gives an impetus to parents around the world to travel to Ukraine and hire a surrogate who would give them a biological child of their own.
In cases, where surrogacy has been successful, surrogate mothers have expressed their delight at being able to fulfill the wish of parents who have desired a child. The parents have shown gratefulness for receiving the child. It is a way of getting a mutual benefit for both the surrogate mother, who gets paid for bearing the child, and for the parents who get the child. Surrogacy is not just an agreement benefiting both the parties involved; it is an opportunity for people to start their own families. A couple or a single parent, desiring a family can get a child of their own by using the laws of surrogacy in other countries like Ukraine, Georgia and sometimes even India where they get a surrogate mother if they are practicing altruistic surrogacy. Surrogacy is a blessing for parents who are unable to bear a child, for homosexual couples or for a single parent and it should be thus considered.
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