For Cash, Army Wives Turn to Surrogate Pregnancy

Thanks to military insurance, surrogacy is big boost
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2009 11:39 AM CDT
An Israeli gay couple plays with their month-old, surrogate-conceived son.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – One San Diego woman exemplifies what some see as a growing trend among California military wives, the Los Angeles Times reports: surrogate pregnancies, made possible by generous insurance and amenable state laws, and motivated in part by upward of $20,000 in extra income for delivering a healthy child. “Military wives, they don’t cry, they don’t complain at the drop of a hat,” says one surrogacy agent.

The military dislikes the increasing surrogacy trend, but can’t do much about it. “If our husbands are putting their necks on the line in Iraq,” says 32-year-old Angel Howard, pregnant with fraternal twins conceived by a French gay couple, “we should be able to do what we want with our insurance.”