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Surrogacy is the carrying through pregnancy until birth of one couple's or individual's child by someone else. The science has advanced significantly in this area allowing for the choice of surrogacy as an option for many potential parents. Most countries have unclear legislation about surrogacy. Should surrogacy be legalized? Under what conditions should surrogacy be legal?

No. Surrogacy should be illegal. Show more Show less

Commodification of human life is immoral and surrogacy is exploitative.
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Surrogacy is Immoral

Commodification of human life is immoral. No country allows the sale of human beings.

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The debate framing surrogacy as a 'market' implies that the product being bought and sold is children.

The Argument

The artificial production of a child is an extreme form of consumerism, creating a 'market' for children. Rather than acknowledging the importance of the gestational process of a child bonding with their mother in the womb, it makes the child a commodity because the successful embryo is selected from a group of embryos on account of certain attractive characteristics that it has.

Counter arguments

The market for surrogacy does not involve the buying and selling of children, but the sale of gestational labour. Surrogacy is not carried out because of a desire to create a genetically 'perfect' child, but because of a desire for a couple to have a child of their own that is related to at least one parent.


[P1] Surrogacy commodifies children. [P2] It is inherently wrong to create a market which buys and sells people.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Surrogacy does not commodify the life of a child, but rather the gestational labour a couple are unable to do themselves.


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