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Is It Worth the Price? (International) Surrogacy and the Pedagogical Consequences for the Child

Past Event: 05.05.2015 @ 12:00 pm

Couples who want to have their own child but cannot get pregnant without assistance can try several fertility techniques. Gestational surrogacy is one of the means which has grown in popularity recently. But ethical questions about the desirability of these kinds of practices can arise. For instance, is it appropriate to sell a baby -- maybe even on a market of demand and supply? Also, more pedagogical questions about the consequences for the child can be asked. When, in case of donation, the donor is unknown, this can be harmful for the development of the child's identity. Also, there is the danger that the child becomes a commodity, which can be harmful for the parent-child relationship. Together with her Dutch colleague, Hanke van den Ende is writing a review article about pedagogical issues in the commercial surrogacy debate. During this brown bag talk she will present and discuss findings from classic and contemporary studies and identify gaps in research. Van den Ende will first address the child-mother attachment in surrogacy cases. Subsequently, she will discuss two questions in relation to commodification: the first concerns the notion of unconditional parental love; the second is linked to the child's autonomy. With little empirical research, it is not easy to address these questions; however, they are socially and scientifically very relevant because of the growing popularity of gestational surrogacy.

Contact:
Layko, Erika - ehlayko@duke.edu

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