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Our Bodies, Whose Property?$
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Anne Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150864

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150864.001.0001

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Bodies for Rent?

Bodies for Rent?

The Case of Commercial Surrogacy

(p.65) Chapter Three Bodies for Rent?
Our Bodies, Whose Property?

Anne Phillips

Princeton University Press

This chapter addresses the markets in bodily services, focusing on commercial surrogacy rather than prostitution. The reason for this is that with surrogacy it is easier to separate out concerns about commodification from concerns about the activity itself. With prostitution, the two are almost impossibly entwined. It considers the most powerful objection to commercial surrogacy: the idea that it turns babies into “things” that can be bought and sold, as well as questions about the validity the surrogate's consent. It argues that the key issue in surrogacy is not the commodification of babies, or whether the surrogate knows what she is doing when she enters the contract, or whether she is entitled to some financial reward. The problem is that when surrogacy is put in an explicitly commercial context, this shapes the practices and relationships in potentially damaging ways.

Keywords:   commercial surrogacy, assisted reproduction, surrogate, commodification, bodily services

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