First up, stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick recently had twins via surrogate. This leads Jane Brody of the New York Times to examine surrogacy in general. Sure, there's a stigma: surrogacy "has been called a violation of natural law, a form of prostitution or baby selling, an exploitation of poor women, and a privilege of the rich and famous [where would anyone get that idea?] who may not want to disrupt their careers or their figures by giving birth to their own children." However, lawyer Melissa Brisman, whose children were carried by surrogates, says, "People don't become gestational carriers as a way of making money. Rather, their motives are altruistic." Brody doesn't really interrogate this assertion much, other than offering the admittedly heartwarming story of Pamela MacPhee, who acted as a surrogate for a cousin who was infertile due to cancer. Surrogacy can have complex moral and economic ramifications, none of which really get much play here.
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