Adoption and surrogate pregnancy are the two most realistic options currently available for millions of couples unable to have biological children. In the past decade, international adoption has become popular among those who wish to avoid the wait associated with adopting domestically. Yet because of unique political, economic, and cultural circumstances within individual countries, international adoption is fraught with legal controversies and difficulties. Surrogate pregnancy is a relatively new and inherently complicated alternative. With few regulations to guide the process and protect those involved, however, countries struggle to address its ethical and moral questions, in addition to the legal, political, cultural, and environmental ramifications.
Providing a historic overview and defining the key issues, Adoption and Surrogate Pregnancy examines the laws related to adoption and surrogate pregnancy in five countries: the United States, China, India, the United Kingdom, and Guatemala. The discussion covers the ways in which adoption and surrogate pregnancy overlap and influence each other, the nuances that further complicate matters, and the controversies surrounding both issues—such as fears of exploitation, class discrimination, socially "unwanted" children, same-sex parenthood, and the difficulties of governing the family unit. Allowing students to compare the subjects from the perspectives of different countries and cultures, this balanced and objective volume sheds light on the way these issues affect the global community.
Maps. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology. Tables and charts.
About the Author(s)
Faith Merino is an award-winning writer and editor. She has contributed extensively to Facts On File's Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania and was editor-in-chief at Calliope literary magazine at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her short story "At the Bottom of the Ocean" was awarded first place at the Open Windows 2007 Fiction Competition.
Foreword author Pamela Anne Quiroz is associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is the author of Adoption in a Color-Blind Society, among other publications.