Stiffed Surrogate Moms Face Tough Decision

What's a mother to do? It's up to her, says Salon
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2009 5:26 AM CDT
The only way for surrogate moms-to-be to quit 'working' is to have an abortion, meaning desperate infertile couples will lose their child.   (Photo: Business Wire)
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(Newser) – Surrogate moms-to-be who have learned they've been stiffed by out-of-cash firms that arranged their pregnancies face a major decision. The only way for these women to quit "working" is to obtain abortions, notes William Saletan in Slate. He fervently hopes the women will see their pregnancies through. So what's a woman to do? It's still up to her, no matter how convoluted the surrogate situation is, writes Tracy Clark-Flory in Salon.

The arrangement is complicated because these babies have complex genetic/gestational parentage. They're also desperately wanted by infertile couples who may not be able to replace funds lost by surrogate companies. The situation makes "my heart drop, my stomach churn—and all those other clichés that convey absolute devastation. It doesn't, however, make me reconsider that most fundamental pro-choice principle: It's her body," Clark-Flory concludes.