On Surrogacy

Constructing Social Policy
  • Barbara Katz Rothman


The first thing to bear in mind is that surrogate motherhood is not a new reproductive technology. The booming business in “surrogates” has nothing to do with scientific progress, and everything to do with marketing. The reproductive technology used is artificial insemination. Artificial insemination with donor sperm (AID) has been used in human beings for over a hundred years. The “technologies” involved are the technology of masturbation and of the turkey baster or its equivalent.


Artificial Insemination Infertile Couple Donor Sperm Surrogate Motherhood Social Father 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Katz Rothman
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyBaruch CollegeNew YorkUSA

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