Weird Gestations

Rent-a-Womb, Build-a-Child Technologies Harm Women & Children

Following the development of in  vitro fertilization (IVF), gestational surrogacy arose in the 1980s and has since given rise to an industry that markets itself as a way to make aspiring parents’ dreams come true. As nations redefine marriage, same-sex couples have been availing themselves of the “dream” of acquiring a family using this means.

There are two types of surrogacy, traditional and gestational, either of which can be conducted “altruistically” or as a commercial transaction. With traditional surrogacy, a “substitute” mother carries an embryo that has been made with her own egg, usually via artificial insemination. In gestational surrogacy, the woman carries a child that...


is External Affairs Liaison and contributing writer for the children’s rights organization Them Before Us. She has a master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness and is working toward graduate certificates in Trauma-Informed Practice and Catholic Bioethics. She seeks to spread truth regarding the consequences of dismantling the foundational familial structure.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #64, Spring 2023 Copyright © 2023 Salvo |


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