” My name is Stacey. My sister and I have been close since the moment my parents brought her home from the hospital. We went through the ups and downs of puberty, high school, college, and then marriage together… … My husband and I tried to get pregnant for a couple years on our own, and were disappointed that it wasn’t happening. Finally, I got pregnant but then miscarried. It was devastating... ”
” My name is Laura. My sister Stacey and I were born a year apart and grew up sharing everything – clothes, toys, books, and even friends. When we both got married, we assumed that we’d share maternity leaves together and that our children would be the best of friends. My husband and I started trying about a year after we got married, and were thrilled that we became pregnant fairly quickly. My sister’s experience was very different. Year after year, she and her husband tried to get pregnant, with no success. She managed to get pregnant a few times, but each time she miscarried. ”
How discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at surrogacy
Susan Markens takes on one of the hottest issues on the fertility front—surrogate motherhood—in a book that illuminates the culture wars that have erupted over new reproductive technologies in the United States. In an innovative analysis of legislative responses to surrogacy in the bellwether states of New York and California, Markens explores how discourses about gender, family, race, genetics, rights, and choice have shaped policies aimed at this issue. She examines the views of key players, including legislators, women’s organizations, religious groups, the media, and others. In a study that finds surprising ideological agreement among those with opposing views of surrogate motherhood, Markens challenges common assumptions about our responses to reproductive technologies and at the same time offers a fascinating picture of how reproductive politics shape social policy.
” … Surrogacy is a worldwide controversy, every state legalizing surrogacy in the U.S. would allow DES Daughters and gays increase their family size, lower the amount of couples who go out of the country to have a child, and make Congress fix surrogacy laws. Accepting surrogacy in every state would lower the cost of having a surrogate, it’s simple economics …”
Adi Beltran shared her views in Let It Be Legalized, more, 2013.