Essay on Should Surrogate Motherhood Be Allowed?
American law? Again, it depends on which state the act is taking place. In California, surrogacy agreements are against the surrogate mother. in Virginia, surrogacy agreements are void and unenforceable. Thus, so far, among those states that have legislated on the issue, many are legislating that these agreements are void and unenforceable in order to try to deter couples and surrogates from entering into agreements.(1-2) Surrogate arrangements are made usually through close friends or relatives of the childless couple. However, the practice of commercial surrogacy has increased greatly during the last decade. Many major cities have surrogate agencies that maintain lists of potential surrogate mothers and help match these with couples wanting to have a baby. These agencies are often run by doctors or lawyers and may be found through listings in telephone books. Commercial surrogate agencies typically charge a fee of $10,000 or more to make the arrangements, which is in addition to the surrogate mother's expenses and fees. These agencies are not legal in all states.