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Gestational Surrogacy: A Bad Recipe

Women are just the ovens:

Sitting on the desk of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal awaiting a possible veto is legislation that codifies compensated contracts for gestational surrogacy, often referred to as the “wombs for rent” bill. The Louisiana senate author of the bill explained the process of gestational surrogacy to the senate health committee by likening the surrogate woman to an “oven” that bakes the bread made by another couple — that is, the human embryo conceived by in vitro fertilization. This language of commodification of women as products to be used is confirmed by the literal catalogue of women that are displayed as chattel on surrogacy broker websites.
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