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Published: Tuesday, April 23 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

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Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
Absecon, NJ

Surrogacy, giving birth to a child for another is a modern phenomenon which merits are fraught with danger simply because in a sense it goes against nature that dictates to whom, how, and when pregnancy occurs. Moderns have been on the edge of technology and just because something is technically possible does not make it something that should be done. Naysayers will dispute the validity of built-in nature, but the fallacy is the reasoning, that humans know better than the Creator what is best.

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

If we follow that logic Albert, we must fail to utilize nearly the entirety of modern medicine. I sure hope you haven't been to the hospital lately.

DGDENTON
Gainesville, TX

Until modern technology, the child always had the DNA of the woman who gave birth. The father was assumed to be her husband although we all know this may not have been the case. There was no way to verify the paternity. The child is the offspring of the DNA parents. The complication is when the child has been nurtured by a non-DNA person. Women develop an attachment to an unborn she carries in her body. The unborn develops an attachment to the non-DNA woman before birth.

DGDENTON
Gainesville, TX

[I ran out of room before I could finish my thought] In my opinion even when an unborn infant is nurtured by a non-DNA woman, the child's parents are the DNA parents. They should have the final say about what should happen with their DNA and therefore the infant before or after birth. DNA is important in personality development of the child. He/She needs to be aware if their DNA is not the same as the parents who raise him/her. The needs of the non-DNA woman/man is secondary. Of course, what is best for the infant, pre-born or after birth? If the DNA parents are unfit or they do not want the child, then the non-DNA woman should have the first chance to keep the child if that is what she wants to do. Many of the offspring of donated sperm search for the DNA parent. The offspring are missing that DNA connection. Science solved one problem and created another.

IndependentlyIndependent
South Jordan, UT

Surrogacy is a modern marvel that has been a blessing for many, many couples and women. Are there ethical issues to be sorted out on a case-by-case basis as well as on a legal basis? Yes, but the same thing has to be done with adoption. And it could be said that adoption isn't natural either. But andyjaggy said it best. To argue that it isn't condoned by God is the same as arguing against modern medicine altogether, which goes against the "natural cycle" of getting sick and dying. I believe that surrogacy is not only condoned by God, but inspired by Him.

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