Representations of Surrogacy in Submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry in New South Wales

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    Abstract

    Whilst feminist commentators have long critiqued surrogacy as a practice of commodification, surrogacy as a mode of family formation continues to grow in popularity. In this paper we explore public representations of surrogacy through a discourse analytic reading of submissions made in Australia to an Inquiry regarding surrogacy legislation. The findings suggest that many submissions relied upon normative understandings of surrogates as either 'good women' or 'bad mothers'. This is of concern given that such public representations may shape the views of those who utilize surrogacy services in ways that limit attention to the ethics of surrogacy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-84
    Number of pages14
    JournalTechne - research in philosophy and technology
    Volume16
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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