What do you think about paying surrogates? If you are fine with surrogacy, then possibly paying the surrogate mom may not strike you as a problem. I’ve come to realize I don’t think it’s the transaction of money that is the problem, but rather surrogacy itself.
In any event, a British court has ruled on this matter:
A senior family court judge allowed a British couple to keep a newborn child even though they had technically broken the law by giving more than “reasonable expenses” to the American natural mother. …
His comments, among the first in recent years on the subject by a senior legal figure, will be taken by many infertile couples as a welcome sign that they can now pay women to bear children for them without fear of breaking the law, and so be denied a family.
Given that surrogacy is not the question here, but rather paying a surrogate mom, I’m a bit at a loss for what to say. It strikes me as close to impossible that a woman would “make a living” by surrogacy, and if a couple pays for expenditures and then some, I don’t think that in itself ought to be illegal. Whether it is moral to ask someone else to have a baby for you is a different matter.by