Surrogate Parenting, Research Paper

2322 Words Nov 14th, 2005 10 Pages
The traditional road to motherhood eluded Vicki Juditz. Having waited until age 36 to start trying for a baby, the actress and writer soon learned that reproductive problems had reduced her chances of conceiving to about 1% (Zimmerman 1). In the article written by Janet Zimmerman after her interview of actress Vicki Juditz, Juditz explains, "My husband and I had very full lives and I guess we didn't feel the pressure, we thought everything would fall into place when we were ready. I just assumed I would have children some day" (Zimmerman 1). In vitro fertilization put Juditz and her husband on the path to parenthood and their surrogate helped them to get there. Their story is the subject of a play written and performed b Juditz and …show more content…
Martin 2). The second type of surrogacy is traditional surrogacy in which the surrogate is artificially inseminated by the intended father or by a donor. (Petersen, 1). The third type of surrogacy is a sort of "reverse surrogacy". (Litz [Options Available], 1). It is known as the egg donor program. In the ED program, the "surrogate" donates an egg, which is fertilized with the husband's sperm, and the embryo is then transferred to his wife. The child is genetically related to the surrogate, but since the wife gives birth, she needn't adopt it. (Litz [Options Available], 1). There is much confusion over surrogacy. Twenty-six states have laws that in some fashion address surrogacy. Arizona, Michigan, New York, Washington State, and Washington D.C. have actually criminalized paid surrogacy. (Handel 1). There are many legal puzzles when it comes to surrogate parenting. According to Shirley Zager co-director of OPTS (Organization of Parents Through Surrogacy) and author of Mixed-Up Morals, "British health ministers have confirmed that from 1985-1995, British doctors were allowed to take out and misuse the hearts, brains, and eyes of thousands of dead babies with neither the consent nor the knowledge of the parents. While over 17,000 babies were violated, health ministers were busy working on laws to prevent couples from having even one. Surrogacy is currently illegal in Great Britain." (Zager 5). Another legal puzzle is the

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