n South African Medical Journal - Surrogate motherhood in illness that does not cause infertility : in practice - medicine and the law
|Article Title||Surrogate motherhood in illness that does not cause infertility : in practice - medicine and the law|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jul 2016|
|Pages||684 - 685|
The threshold requirement for surrogate motherhood requires that a commissioning parent or parents are permanently unable to give birth to a child. The question has arisen of a commissioning mother who suffers from a permanent illness that does not cause infertility but that renders pregnancy a significant health risk to her and/or to her prospective child in utero. The threshold requirement inability to give birth to a child should not be interpreted narrowly as referring only to a commissioning parent's inherent inability to give birth to a child, but should be interpreted broadly as referring only to a commissioning parent's effective inability to give birth to a child - allowing consideration of the medical sequelae of pregnancy for the commissioning mother and her prospective child. A broad interpretation of the threshold requirement is compatible with legislative intent, case law and our constitutional commitment to human rights.
Article metrics loading...