Today the problem of decreasing the level of fertility of young and seemingly healthy women and men is becoming increasingly acute. An ever-greater number of couples strive to deliver babies in this world, but they simply cannot do it because of certain reproductive health problems. Fortunately, modern medicine and science make it possible to bring their dreams to life and give them the most precious gift in their lives called children. Such a prodigious savior is surrogacy.
However, not all members of today’s society are ready for this. That is why people are divided on the issue of surrogacy’s propriety. Advocates of surrogacy approve of such a means and believe it is a great act of generosity from a surrogate mother. Its opponents, on the contrary, regard the procedure as immoral and even “evil,” as they consider it to be “the baby business.” Despite numerous disapprovals of surrogacy, the fact is that it makes hundreds of families happier and brings healthy children into the world. Hence, it is vital to take a closer look at surrogacy to determine whether it is moral and acceptable as a solution to the infertility problem.
Those opposing surrogacy as the “moral evil” advocate its ban and oppose it severely; the strongest opposition is evident from the side of religious leaders. For instance, Bishop Morlino from Waterloo said women who decide to carry a baby for other people split her mind and body by the act of giving away their children. It looks like buying and selling babies, some form of business, since the act of surrogacy is a deal involving one party in getting a product – the baby, and the other party – getting money for the service of pregnancy. The Bishop believes that according to the Holy Bible and God’s Laws, a family is the “sacred circle” that should not include any other people except for two spouses and their children (Miramontes, 2017). Unfortunately, the reality is that not every couple can give childbirth nowadays. Because of this serious problem, it becomes almost impossible to have children within the “sacred circle” without applying different scientific and medical treatments.
Here comes the question of addressing the growing rate of infertility as a solution to the surrogacy debate. Advocates of this solution state that surrogacy may be the God’s help aimed at people wanting to have babies but having no chances to deliver one. A closer look at this perspective indeed reveals the miracle in the concept of artificial insemination of surrogate mothers. Due to efforts and sleepless nights of many scientists of the world, this prodigy exists today. If one takes the side with mothers who are ready to sacrifice their body, health, and even their own baby, an absolutely different opinion related to such a difficult topic surfaces. For example, Heather Gunn is a mother-of-three, and she delivered each of these babies to other people because they are unable to get pregnant because of infertility. It is a charitable act from her side, as she gets pregnant easily; that is why Heather thinks it is right to help others in search of their happiness (Kozicka, 2016). This is real generosity, and if some opponents consider surrogate mothers money-oriented, this case shows that some of them help people for non-monetary purposes as well. Some women even take no money at all to make their closest friends and relatives happier, and it happens more frequently.
Summing up the enumerated claims and arguments in favor of the surrogacy issue, one may conclude that the key to evaluating appropriacy of surrogacy is to remember that people must help each other. If someone is drowning and another one saves him or her, the rescued person is not expected to feel envy and anger because his savior can swim. The same is true for fertile women striving to help, which is a good reason to consider self-sacrificing women ready to give a helping hand to infertile couples to be heroes as well.
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Miramontes, J. (2017). Bishop Morlino explains the ‘moral evil’ of surrogacy. Madison Catholic Herald. Retrieved from