Article describes the story of Melissa Cook, a surrogate mother from the United States who was asked by the commissioning father to abort one of the triplets she was carrying. She refused, and a legal battle ensued.
The article states that the vast majority of surrogacy contracts allow the parents to make a decision about abortion. It quotes the executive director of a surrogacy agency saying that this is the main purpose of a surrogacy contract.
The article comments that this is not simply a case of legality, but has political and bioethical implications, because it concerns the “reproductive autonomy” of the woman.
The article is a good example of how the potential for dispute and exploitation of women is not confined to commercial surrogacy in the third world, and is a good piece to show the potential negative implications of legalising surrogacy in Australia.