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Surrogacy: Inspiration or Exploitation?

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December 01, 2018385Shares

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On November 7, 2018, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade welcomed their baby girl, Kaavia into the world.  Most of the world rejoined with the couple while others questioned the joy displayed in the Instagram post where Gabrielle Union was enjoying skin to skin contact with her daughter.  The world would soon come to know that a third person was a part of their precious gift.  Surrogacy is nothing new.  The earliest example of surrogacy is found in the bible with Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.  I have seen this biblical example used to inspire and to rebuke. 



Some focus on Sarah’s impatience with God’s promise and taking matters into her own hands.  Have you ever heard someone say, if you can’t conceive then it’s not God’s will or God knows best?  Others see God’s divine hand on humanity even through our struggles.  Do you secretly consider surrogates the new age Hagar?  A third party that was not a part of God’s plan?  Or maybe your focus is the cost of surrogacy and those who can afford the gift versus those who can’t.  Then there are those who compare surrogacy to the likes of selling organs.    


This is a complex topic that is further broken down into two types.  A traditional surrogate is the birth mother,  biological mother, and egg donor.  While gestational surrogacy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF), not the surrogate’s eggs, which was the case for Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade.    

Throughout history and well into the future I believe that conception and delivery of life will forever be a topic of discussion through the lens of politics, religion, medical ethics, economics, and moral character. 


Consider some interesting facts about this complex and emotionally and ethically charged topic as you come to your own personal resolve on a matter that you may vote on one day.

  • 1975:  The first IVF embryo transfer was successful.

  • 1978:  The first baby conceived through IVF transfer was born.

  • The ideal surrogate has been pregnant before.

  • 2004-2008:  Close to 5,000 children were born via surrogate in the U.S.

  • In 21 states, there is neither a law or published case regarding surrogacy.

  • Surrogacy friendly states:  California, Illinois, Arkansas, Maryland, and New Hampshire.

  • Surrogacy is expensive.  Costs can range from $50,000 up to $200,000.

  • Surrogacy is banned in Germany, Italy and  France.

  • Illinois law requires medical and psychological screenings for all parties before a contract is signed and the surrogate must be at least 21.

Sherrell Moore-Tucker

Sherrell Moore-Tucker

Sherrell Moore-Tucker is a speaker, author, trainer, and wellness expert who specializes in holistic stress management. She is the author of Meditate like a Boss scheduled for release in the summer of 2019. Sherrell also, created MindBody FAITH, an approach to wellness that bridges the gap between science and faith while exploring holistic tools and techniques for health and healing. You can learn more here: