Surrogacy In The Media: What They Get Wrong

Surrogacy In The Media: What They Get Wrong

Surrogacy comes up in the media quite frequently. From Kim Kardashian to Nicole Kidman, these celebrities have brought fame to the world of surrogacy and often with a positive word. However, despite this good press on the matter, there are far more negative conversations circulating the web. That’s because past and rare events of surrogacy mishap and failed processes have sparked some ethical questions among skeptics of the science. These stories are, however, exceptions to the rule. And since surrogacy is, in fact, the beautiful coming together of medical science innovation and human compassion, we’ll discuss the media’s misconceptions of surrogacy.

What the media gets wrong about surrogacy:

  1. The media tends to focus on the negative aspects and stories of surrogacy rather than the good. Most articles will highlight potential dangers and unfortunate outcomes. They’ll discuss fear-inducing stories, worst-case scenarios, and tales of caution from when things went horribly wrong. Such articles play on peoples’ preexisting fears for such an unfamiliar concept. And one is far less likely to come across a positive story of success through surrogacy. This creates a negative view of surrogacy among all sorts of readers, while negative cases are an exception to the rule.
  2. It misrepresents the motives of surrogate mothers. Surrogates are often portrayed as financially unstable and to only be motivated by money. In reality, however, most surrogate mothers act from altruistic motives. Plus, before they are accepted as surrogates in an agency, they are required to meet exceptionally high standards and particular requirements.
  3. Publications of all kinds fail to note the strict standards of surrogacy. In the US, surrogacy is regulated in two critical ways:
    • Today, traditional surrogacy is no longer practiced. Instead, gestational surrogacy, or that in which the surrogate shares no biological relation to the child, is required by agencies. This practice helps to ensure that the surrogate does not endure emotional hardship after birth.
    • Most intended parents and surrogates work with an agency in a very organized and professional setting. Though some do choose to work outside of an agency, doing so is far less common and not recommended as it could result in missed steps and consequential mishap.
  4. It often fails to include the important practice of surrogate screenings and tight regulations. Agencies conduct an extensive screening process that considers several factors before someone is accepted as a surrogate. Such testing helps to ensure the most positive experience and healthy outcome of the child through the surrogacy process.
  5. Several stories about surrogacy include negative language. Certain terminology comes with particular connotations. And negative wording like “womb for rent” and references to surrogates as “breeders” creates a poor image of surrogacy for readers. It is ultimately disrespectful and inconsiderate of those who’ve built their families through this process.

The media is powerful in creating misconceptions about a subject. So, if you’d like to learn more about the processes of surrogacy, we encourage you to reach out to us at Future Generation for more information! Our expert staff is happy to address any of your concerns or questions.

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