Surrogate Parents

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Wombs for Rent About ten percent of women in America are infertile, meaning unable to bear children. Although they are not left with many options, surrogacy is one of them. Surrogate mothers are women who carry the biological child of another individual or couple who is unable to do it themselves. In the past, surrogate mothers were being mistreated and abused, and although that has not fully gone away, there are plenty of laws and rules in action today to try to avoid abuse and disrespect and promote surrogacy as a wonderful thing. Surrogate mothers are providing others with the miracle of life and a family, therefore, they should be given compensation, accordingly, to carry a child for a mother or couple. They should be paid due to the health…show more content…
Stay at home motherhood is a hard job and responsibility that is overlooked (Gemelli 107). Surrogate mothers have to go through so much physically and mentally, that at the end of the day they are stressed and exhausted, but they continue on. Many women say that being a surrogate mother feels like working a full time job for a little over 9 months. Also, the lack of gestational relatedness makes surrogacy seen as more of a job rather than motherhood (“Workers…” 5). Some women even use surrogacy for financial security and their only job, causing many poor class women to come into the surrogacy business due to financial issues or poverty (Bengali A.1). This allows these women to feel like they are not being used, and that they actually have a purpose to fulfill. Being paid for work as a surrogate mother draws a line between just being a mom and making a difference (Gemelli 107). This compensation should be given according to the amount of work they do, such as a real job would supply. Thousands of poor Indian women have found work as surrogate mothers and gained financial independence (Bengali A.1), which has improved many women’s lives. Surrogacy has become more frequent today and has turned into a huge part of many people’s lives. Surrogacy is a $400 million industry in America today and India also generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year (Lakshmi A.9, Bengali A.1). The amount of surrogate mothers goes up with the increase in demand as well. This provides more job opportunities for women who can not find work elsewhere. Many women do not even call themselves surrogate mothers but call themselves “womb-nannies” (“Workers…” 4). The title they give themselves changes the entire perception of what they are doing in not only their eyes but others too. “Surrogacy, for some, is the only concrete and honest opportunity to earn enough
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