Some pregnancies today involve infertile individuals or couples who contract with a fertile woman to carry a pregnancy for them. The woman who carries the pregnancy is referred to as a "gestational carrier." The use of such arrangements is increasing. Most of the time, these arrangements play out as planned; sometimes, however, problems arise. This article discusses a case in which a fetal diagnosis of spina bifida led the infertile couple to request that the gestational carrier terminate the pregnancy, and the gestational carrier did not wish to do so. Experts in the medical and legal issues surrounding surrogacy discuss the considerations that should go into resolving such a conflict.
Abortion, Eugenic; Adult; Contracts; Female; Fertilization in Vitro; Humans; Infant, Newborn; Infertility; Male; Negotiating; Pregnancy; Spinal Dysraphism; Surrogate Mothers; Ultrasonography, Prenatal
Mazur LJ, Kisthardt MK, Kim HH, Rosas LM, Lantos JD. Surrogate Pregnancy After Prenatal Diagnosis of Spina Bifida. Pediatrics. 2017;139(2):e20162619. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-2619