Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper

First Advisor

David S. Calihan, Ph.D.


When natural child birth is not an option for women due to fertility or health problems, they require alternative methods like surrogate parenting. Surrogate parenting is a method not as widely known about as adoption or infertility treatments. A woman will bear a child for another woman who is infertile for a fee. There have been many questions raised regarding surrogacy’s moral and legal standing. This thesis examines the reasons why surrogate parenting in society should not be banned, but legalized.



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