Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Public Policy & Law
Modern technology and innovative procedures have opened the possibility of parenthood to a variety of people who can’t have children of their own—single people, people with medical issues or infertility problems, same-sex couples and other nontraditional families. The demand has spawned a proliferation of new businesses, including fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies, and online brokers specializing in matching Indian- or Ukrainian-based surrogates for prospective parents who have been confronted with surrogacy in the U.S. being either unaffordable or illegal in their home state. Since the 1980s, surrogacy has swept the nation and helped thousands of individuals realize their dream of raising children that are, at least in part, genetically their own. However, the United States, unlike many other countries, has no national policies governing assisted reproductive technology, including surrogacy. Laws on the issue vary widely from one state to the next, creating a “crazy quilt of laws” for those who choose to pursue surrogacy
Russo, Makenzie B., "The Crazy Quilt of Laws: Bringing Uniformity to Surrogacy Laws in the United States". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2016.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/567