Mary Beth Whitehead Surrogacy Case Essay
Fort Hays State University
February 14, 2014
Basics of Bioethics
Ethics is a term encountered in any professional field today. It refers to the moral principle that people are supposed to uphold. These moral principles are expected to guide people in making informed choices. Bioethics is moral principles that guide people, mainly in medical and biological research. There are several ethical questions that arise during researches such as biotechnology (Veatch, 2011). This paper discusses Mary Beth Whitehead surrogacy case.
The case study
Bill and Elizabeth Stern could not bear a child because of Elizabeth’s sclerosis (Veatch, 2011). This couple in 1985 decided to pay Mary Beth Whitehead …show more content…
Sanger (2007) argues that determining whether surrogacy is moral is a hard question. Equating motherhood to financial value might be considered unethical to some; however for those unable to bear children in the traditional manner, this is not, nor was a consideration. For the Whitehead’s this decision eventually resulted in a divorce. Bill and Elizabeth Stern had other options like adoption but they chose to take the path of insemination in order to obtain…