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Does the IP (Intended Parent) have the right to monitor the health and lifestyle of the surrogate?


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The practice of surrogacy has become more high profile thanks to news on celebrities who have engaged surrogate mothers to become parents including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Fallon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer and Tyra Banks.

Some worry that this commoditizes the idea of surrogacy even more and the idea of selecting your surrogate the way, as one Canadian ethicist says, you’d order a ‘Chanel bag’ puts the power into the hand of the intended parents who may feel they are ‘buying’ the service and have the right to monitor the progress of the pregnancy. If, as it now stands in Canada, surrogate mothers are providing an altruistic gift with little financial compensation except for basic expenses, do the intended parents have the right to monitor her whereabouts, check her nutrition, and dictate requirements, especially as they are already thinking of this as ‘our baby’? How do you feel about this very personal issue?

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