Towards Ethical Standards in Surrogacy
By Michael Cook | BioEdge | Oct. 1, 2016
This short piece describes the effort of one agency – Men Having Babies – to introduce “ethical standards” in the practice of commercial surrogacy.
Their principles include: surrogacy should be legal everywhere for infertile couples; contracts should be legally enforceable; the ability to “seamlessly” terminate any parental rights and obligations of donors and gestational mothers; criminal background checks for intended parents; reasonable compensation not tied to outcomes; and informed consent and legal representation for gestational mothers.
It concludes with a critique by a participant at the agency’s recent gathering in Brussels.
Men Having Babies, on its website, claims to provide unbiased advice to gay couples around the world that are considering commercial surrogacy.