Statement on NJ Gestational Carrier Agreement Act

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on May 31, 2012

Statement by Kathleen Sloan
Regarding the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (S1599/A2646)

May 30, 2012

The worldwide use of reproductive technologies has grown exponentially in recent years. While these developments have brought benefits to many by successfully treating some types of infertility, deep regulatory divides—or their complete absence such as at the national level in the United States—have fueled growing national and international markets in which privileged individuals and third party intermediaries, who benefit financially from the commodification of reproduction, exploit vulnerable, uninformed, low income, and poor women for their reproductive capacities. Surrogacy and the trade in human eggs in particular have become pervasive national and international phenomena in which women’s poverty and subordinate status everywhere increase their exposure to gender-based exploitation and physical harms.

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