Reproductive Health

Million Dollar Baby: Surrogacy Contracts, Reproductive Technologies and the Changing Face of Parenthood

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Add to Calendar

Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.
The advent of reproductive technologies, spurred by the birth of the first baby through in vitro fertilization in 1978, has expanded our conception of parenthood in myriad ways. Forty years later, we can now welcome babies through uterine transplantation and are exploring the possibility of genetic editing of embryos. The growth of these technologies, from gamete donation to gestational surrogacy, has allowed individuals to have children they otherwise could not have had, but has also caused confusion as our laws struggle to keep up with the ever-changing definition of “parent.” In this session, we will explore the modern pursuit of parenthood in the for-profit fertility business and discuss both the reproductive promise it offers to its hopeful clients and the ethically complicated pitfalls inherent to the market.

Background Readings:
The messy complicated nature of assisted reproductive technology
As surrogacy surges, new parents seek legal protections


Join The Conversation
The Conversation Speaker Series is an interactive dive into the world of medical ethics and health policy, presented by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

The 2018-2019 series explores a range of timely topics with our next event on Feb. 21. Mark your calendar and give yourself plenty of time to read the background material. You won’t want to miss a single event!


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