Breeders and Carriers – How about Women?

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on November 19, 2013

I’m just back from Charleston, South Carolina, where I attended the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) professional conference. I listened in for three days on presentations addressing all things associated with third party reproduction from the perspective of lawyers, lobbyists, and advocates for LGBT rights and expanding global laws. I learned a lot.

Much of what I learned disturbed me. I hope to write more about the different sessions at the conference moving forward.

One thing that really bothered me, though, was how every presenter called women “carriers” and “donors”. It was especially bothersome against the background of the slave history of South Carolina. While I was there I toured the city, visited The Old Slave Mart Museum, and learned about the early history of the slave breeders.

It appears we have not learned from history.

New York is moving toward legalizing paid surrogacy contract pregnancies.

The District of Columbia is seeking to overturn their ban on surrogacy contract pregnancies.

And I have heard of a few others states preparing to advance permissive surrogacy bills.

Much work to do!

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