In Canada, negotiating how to deal with pregnancy crises like possible serious disability is a “very important” part of bringing together surrogate mothers and intended parents, said Sara Cohen, a fertility lawyer. Sometimes, “what we are looking for … in a gestational carrier is one who is going to understand that this is not her child, so it’s not her decision to make,” she said. “Is it her body? Yes, it’s her body, but it’s not her decision to make.”
ProWomanProLifer Véronique, who now blogs here, wrote in to mention the contradiction she sees:
There’s a contradiction between the abortion rhetoric (“my body, my choice”) and the surrogacy rhetoric (her body, not her choice). The funny thing is that people who support surrogacy are usually pro-choice (it all falls within the rubric of child as a choice or a right). People who are pro-life are generally against surrogacy because it requires the creation of disposable embryos (or more embryos than are needed), and it makes the baby into a commodity, not a gift. Then there is also the class issue: My body, my choice when it comes to occidental white women, her body not her choice when it comes to poor women selling their wombs to white occidental women.
All good points.by