Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour Explains, why surrogacy is ethically and morally correct?
Surrogate parenthood is an emotionally charged topic that both reflects and has implications for our concepts of parenthood and family. Surrogacy is a promising treatment for infertility. It can potentially solve many intolerable difficulties that the infertile couples and their families face.
There are various views regarding Surrogacy. Some criticize it as morally and ethically incorrect; while some explains it an honorable method that based on the unselfish belief of doing good to others, where one woman helping another woman to conceive.
There are various aspects that make surrogacy ethically correct and morally transparent:
- Helping an Infertile Couple
In this universe, the most amazing feeling for a couple it to having their own baby. But for some couples having this feeling is not that easy because of infertility. Through Surrogacy they can achieve that pleasure of parenthood. So, there is nothing unethical in helping a couple to reach that pleasure and Surrogate mother does that selflessly.
- Features for Surrogate Mother in Legal Contract
Becoming a Surrogate mother is not just a job but involves a great responsibility. Though no money can compensate Surrogate mothers’ emotions and boding with child that she carries in her womb for nine months. Still, the legal contract involved in this process, has many beneficiary clauses for surrogate mother.
A legal contract describes following features in favour of a surrogate mother.
- Surrogate mother gets financial aid in response of her deed.
- Surrogate mother gets a full healthy diet and environment during pregnancy and prenatal period.
- Surrogate gets proper health monitoring during pregnancy and after delivery.
- All her expenses during pregnancy and in later care are managed by the intended parents.
There is nothing morally wrong towards a surrogate mother if all the above points are followed properly.
- Helping Surrogate Mother Financially
A lady who carries a child in behalf of another woman is called a surrogate mother. A surrogate mother offers her physical services and time in response of money that she may require for an important deed. So, helping a surrogate mother financially is not anyway ethically wrong in response of her services.
- Ownership of Intended Parents on Child
Sometimes it is also observed that the process of surrogacy involving in-vitro fertilization results in birth of triplets or quadruplets. This may harm the interest of the child, but a proper legal agreement contains a clause that all the number of children through surrogacy is a responsibility of intended parents only. This feature eliminates burden of responsibility from surrogate mother and describes ownership of intended parents on born children, no matter if these are twins or triplets.