Enhancing Autonomy in Paid Surrogacy

  title={Enhancing Autonomy in Paid Surrogacy},
  author={Jennifer L. Damelio and Kelly Lynn Sorensen},
  journal={Public Choice \& Political Economy eJournal},
The gestational surrogate--and her economic and educational vulnerability in particular--is the focus of many of the most persistent worries about paid surrogacy. Those who employ her, and those who broker and organize her services, usually have an advantage over her in resources and information. That asymmetry exposes her to the possibility of exploitation and abuse. Accordingly, some argue for banning paid surrogacy. Others defend legal permission on grounds of surrogate autonomy, but often… 
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