Rethinking "Commercial" Surrogacy in Australia

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Springer
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2015, 12 (2), pp. 477 - 490
Issue Date:
2015
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This article proposes reconsideration of laws prohibiting paid surrogacy in Australia in light of increasing transnational commercial surrogacy. The social science evidence base concerning domestic surrogacy in developed economies demonstrates that payment alone cannot be used to differentiate `good surrogacy arrangements from `bad ones. Compensated domestic surrogacy and the introduction of professional intermediaries and mechanisms such as advertising are proposed as a feasible harm minimisation approach. I contend that Australia can learn from commercial surrogacy practices elsewhere, without replicating them.
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