Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 477–490

Rethinking “Commercial” Surrogacy in Australia

Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-014-9557-9

Cite this article as:
Millbank, J. Bioethical Inquiry (2015) 12: 477. doi:10.1007/s11673-014-9557-9


This article proposes reconsideration of laws prohibiting paid surrogacy in Australia in light of increasing transnational commercial surrogacy. The social science evidence base concerning domestic surrogacy in developed economies demonstrates that payment alone cannot be used to differentiate “good” surrogacy arrangements from “bad” ones. Compensated domestic surrogacy and the introduction of professional intermediaries and mechanisms such as advertising are proposed as a feasible harm-minimisation approach. I contend that Australia can learn from commercial surrogacy practices elsewhere, without replicating them.


Surrogate mothers Infertility Reproductive medicine 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyBroadwayAustralia

Personalised recommendations