Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
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Fabre, C. 2013. Surrogacy. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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Surrogacy is a practice whereby prospective (or commissioning) parents who cannot gestate children entrust another woman with that particular task. There are many reasons why those parents resort to a surrogate mother. Typically, the female partner in a heterosexual couple is unable to bear children, because (for example) she had to undergo a hysterectomy, or suffers from severe endometriosis. In other cases, gay males who do not wish to adopt a child have no choice but to use a surrogate mother.
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