Letter to the Editor

Uterine Surrogacy is Morally Equivalent to Selling a Kidney

Authors: Conor McCartney, MD

Abstract

To the Editor: Uterine surrogacy is accepted in the United States, but it is illegal for an individual to financially benefit from donating a kidney to another person. Both provide the gift of life. For surrogacy, it is a newborn child; for transplantation it is longer life expectancy1 and an increased quality of life.2
Posted in: Obstetrics and Gynecology27 Pregnancy8

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