Surrogacy Center of Philadelphia

Surrogacy Center of Philadelphia

A Short History of Surrogacy

What are the important facts about the history of surrogacy and the modern surrogacy arrangement that every intended parent and surrogate mother should know? Fortunately, you don’t need to study legal textbooks, to learn the pertinent historical events that led to the modern era’s overall surrogacy law scenario.

In fact, the two most critical terms to understand are ones you likely already know: traditional and gestational surrogacy. In short, a gestational carrier is a proper designation for a woman who signs a surrogate agreement and gives birth to a child, either through artificial insemination or any other type of assisted reproductive technology.

Here are the most helpful facts to know about the history of surrogacy, the modern surrogate mother process, and surrogacy law in general.

A short history of artificial insemination and surrogacy


Surrogacy law environment

The history of surrogacy is a long and legally complex story that began thousands of years ago. However, the modern surrogacy arrangement, as well as the full-blown societal debate about gestational surrogacy vs. traditional surrogacy, did not really start until the 1970s.

At that time, science was beginning to advance to the point where there were multiple options available for parents who wanted to take advantage of assisted reproductive technology so they could have children that were biologically related to them.

Keep in mind that in traditional surrogacy, there was no such person as a “gestational carrier.” The woman who had become impregnated, either naturally or through artificial insemination, was the true biological mother of the child.

In those days, what we now call “traditional surrogacy” was the only option, and the results were often fraught with legal, emotional, and financial problems.

Fortunately, science and newly enacted laws have resolved nearly all the ambiguities and complexities that at one time plagued the process of surrogacy. Today, with a streamlined legal situation and using assisted reproductive technology like artificial insemination and others, the process of surrogacy is a straightforward journey for every gestational carrier and intended parent who takes part in the surrogate agreement.

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