The New Problem of Surrogate Motherhood: Legislative Responses

Susan Markens

in Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252035
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940970 | DOI:
The New Problem of Surrogate Motherhood: Legislative Responses

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Surrogate motherhood can be viewed as a classic social problem in its life history. Newspaper stories about surrogate parenting appeared only alternatingly in the early 1980s. The combined coverage provided by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post totalled 15 articles in 1980, 19 in 1981, 8 in 1982, and 25 in 1983. National public opinions polls indicate the impact of the Baby M case in etching surrogacy indelibly onto the national consciousness. A Gallup poll conducted during the 1987 trial found that 93 percent of those surveyed had heard of the Baby M case; 79 percent of the respondents in a Roper poll claimed they had read or heard enough about the case to feel they knew what it was about. The rise and fall of surrogacy as a national social problem can be measured by more than the news coverage the issue received.

Keywords: Washington Post; Baby M case; Roper poll; Gallup poll; surrogacy

Chapter.  9313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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