Commodification or Compensation: A Reply to Ketchum

Hypatia 4 (3):128-135 (1989)
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I defend the permissibility of paid surrogacy arrangements against the arguments Sara Ketchum advances in " Selling Babies and Selling Bodies." I argue that the arrangements cannot be prohibited out of hand on the grounds that they treat persons as objects of sale, because it is possible to view the payments made in these arrangements as compensation for the woman ' s services. I also argue that the arguments based on exploitation and parental custodial rights fail to provide adequate grounds for prohibiting the arrangements



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Heidi Malm
Loyola University, Chicago

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Surrogate Mothers: Not So Novel After All.John A. Robertson - 1983 - Hastings Center Report 13 (5):28-34.
Selling Babies and Selling Bodies.Sara Ann Ketchum - 1989 - Hypatia 4 (3):116 - 127.
The Moral Status of the Bodies of Persons.Sara Ann Ketchum - 1984 - Social Theory and Practice 10 (1):25-38.
Paid Surrogacy: Arguments and Responses.Heidi Malm - 1989 - Public Affairs Quarterly 3 (2):57-66.

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