A book written in 1984 by Gena Corea, The Mother Machine, discusses many issues dealing with this issue. The man who wrote the CA surrogacy law stated that paying the surrogate was an afterthought, which I find confounding - I went to college with the guy. Why is women's work and time so devalued? Additionally, in CA, the surrogate is nowhere to be found on the birth certificate, so she is no one.
We do not know the long term consequences of in vitro fertilization, GIFT, or surrogacy, so all the information should be available so that this can be studied should any problems occur. Look at women who took DES 70+ years ago - their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are now being studied by a special office in HHS and few doctors even know about it.
My midwife told me 30 years ago that she believed that the baby is designed to go through the pelvis - that there is a genetic connection between the mother's birth canal, pelvis, and the baby's size. What happens if the surrogate's DNA does not allow for the size of the baby she is carrying? Is anyone studying this? I doubt it. I know there are remedies as caesarean section delivery, but what about the long term implications of these interventions? Yes, people suffer from infertility, but people can suffer for years and generations if we do not know what we are doing.
And if we are to learn anything from the Sarah/Abraham/Hagar story, it is that when Sarah had Isaac and saw the elder Ishmael teasing him, she told Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away. Yes, God intervened in the story and saved Hagar and Ishmael, but Sarah did not appreciate Hagar's efforts before.
(BTW, Sarah and Hagar are old friends if you read the whole story in Genesis. They were in a harem together before Ishmael's conception and birth. Sarah is supposedly Abraham's sister or half-sister. )
"Vaccines are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get - acute hemorrhagic edema of infancy, allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma, autoimmune disease, diabetes, eczema, petit/gran mal seizures, fibromyalgia, Henoch-Schonlein purpua, Dravet's Syndrome, Retts Syndrome, Sweet's Syndrome, Hughes Syndrome, encephalitis, speech delay, tics, neurological damage, coma, ADEM, ADHD, AFP, ASIA, CFS, CRPS, GBS, ITP, JPA, JRA, LGS, LKS, MS, ORS, PANDAS, PANS, PINTANDS, POF, POTS, RA, SIDS, SJS, SLE, SPD, SUDS, TPI, the disease one is being vaccinated against, or death."
Paraphrased from "Forrest Gump".
List from the drug companies' own package inserts that come with their product as required by law.
Last edited by applejuice; 06-04-2019 at 02:41 PM.