With gay couples obtaining full legal status in more and more of the United States, surrogate parenting is already a prominent issue. So why isn’t anyone talking about it? Because surrogacy is a deeply thorny issue. Women generally won’t go through the expense, risk and health concerns of bearing a child for free, so that means they will be compensated, which opens up a huge can of worms. How do we prevent women from being taken advantage of? What sort of regulations should be in place?
And what happens when a woman who has agreed to be a surrogate changes her mind and decides she wants to keep the child.
This fascinating report from the New York Times takes us back to a case where that scenario played out, then explores the fascinating and complicated world of child surrogacy.