Commercial Surrogacy Treats Women’s Labor as a Commodity


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Commercial Surrogacy Treats Women’s Labor as a Commodity
Elizabeth Anderson, in the article, “Is Women’s Labor a Commodity,” states, “Commercial surrogacy attempts to transform what is specifically women’s labor—the work of bringing children into the world—into a commodity” (80). One of the most precious moments of a woman’s life is when she gives birth to a child, yet when it comes to commercial surrogacy it is treated as a commodity. Commercial surrogacy treats labor as a commodity that fails to give respect and sensitivity to a woman at a crucial time in her life. Giving labor for money makes the act a commodity, commercial surrogacy uses a woman to provide babies as if they are property, and the abuse of having women have babies for...
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.....mmodities. The process of having labor makes the act a commodity while taking away respect for the woman who goes through the labor. Commercial surrogacy chooses women that they can use to go through the labor process as if the process was a commodity, which simply is wrong.
In some cases, mothers cannot have children and the couple decides to use surrogate mothers to have a child for them. If the surrogate mother does it for the purpose of love and giving the couple a child, it is not wrong. What is wrong is the way commercial surrogate companies pay women to have babies without any thought about the way it affects women or children.
Anderson, E. “Is women’s labor a commodity?” Philosophy and Public Affairs 19 (1) (1990): 71-92.