Surrogate Motherhood and Reproductive Technologies: An African American Perspective
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Sanders, Cheryl J.
FIRST PARAGRAPH(S)|In this presentation I will provide a brief overview of the experiences and perspectives of African Americans with respect to surrogate parenting and reproductive technologies. When I began researching this topic several months ago, it became clear to me from the literature I read that black participation in these practices is minimal. Most of the news and magazine articles I found concerning blacks and surrogate motherhood were accounts of the negative outcome of the case of Anna Johnson, a black gestational surrogate mother who gave birth to a white child and sued unsuccessfully for parental and visitation rights. All the persons with whom I have discussed the question of black participation in reproductive technology uniformly expressed the opinion that these are practices developed by and for whites, and blacks tend to have no interest or desire to participate. To put it bluntly, as has been stated to me, "it's a white thing." Although my assigned topic is the "black" community, I will primarily use the preferred nomenclature "African American"...
25 Creighton L. Rev. 1707 (1991-1992)
Creighton University School of Law