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Interpretations, perspectives and intentions in surrogate motherhood.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11055048     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper we examine the questions "What does it mean to be a surrogate mother?" and "What would be an appropriate perspective for a surrogate mother to have on her pregnancy?" In response to the objection that such contracts are alienating or dehumanising since they require women to suppress their evolving perspective on their pregnancies, liberal supporters of surrogate motherhood argue that the freedom to contract includes the freedom to enter a contract to bear a child for an infertile couple. After entering the contract the surrogate may not be free to interpret her pregnancy as that of a non-surrogate mother, but there is more than one appropriate way of interpreting one's pregnancy. To restrict or ban surrogacy contracts would be to prohibit women from making other particular interpretations of their pregnancies they may wish to make, requiring them to live up to a culturally constituted image of ideal motherhood. We examine three interpretations of a "surrogate pregnancy" that are implicit in the views and arguments put forward by ethicists, surrogacy agencies, and surrogate mothers themselves. We hope to show that our concern in this regard goes beyond the view that surrogacy contracts deny or suppress the natural, instinctive or conventional interpretation of pregnancy.
L van Zyl; A van Niekerk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0306-6800     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Ethics     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-01     Completed Date:  2000-12-07     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  404-9     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Contract Services / standards*
Maternal-Fetal Relations*
Parent-Child Relations
Social Perception*
Social Responsibility
Surrogate Mothers / psychology*

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