Bishops Decry Surrogate Parenting
as Prostitution, PHILA.
Care-taking roles are referred to as custodial or surrogate parenting
in the literature.
I am a member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, a group of 25 clergy, physicians, lawyers, hospital administrators, nurses, ethicists and social workers who have been drafting proposed bioethical legislation since 1985 on such issues as organ transplants, assisted suicide, surrogate parenting
, prenatal testing, withdrawal and withholding of life support systems, and a host of other questions involving patients' rights.
A conservative estimate, based on surveying surrogate parenting
service Web sites, starts at about $32,000, excluding egg donation, medical treatment and delivery costs.
Stories of positive and negative outcomes in surrogate parenting
can leave some people aroused with negative emotions--ranging from distaste to revulsion--while others would say that there is nothing wrong, in principle, with surrogate parenthood.
No credit is allowed for the adoption of a taxpayer's spouse's child or a surrogate parenting
Bill Handel, of the Centre for Surrogate Parenting
and Egg Donation in Los Angeles says we should let him organise the arrangement on a professional footing, charging around pounds 40,000 a baby.
Speaking from the Centre for Surrogate Parenting
and Egg Donation in Beverly Hills, California, he said: "I want to do a TV interview and meet the Press in Dublin.
Handel set up his agency - the Centre for Surrogate Parenting
and Egg Donation - in 1979.
The proposed legislation would leave voluntary, noncommercial surrogate parenting
to be regulated by existing laws on adoption.