This recommendation is at odds with many who advocate that pregnant women have a right to contract away their authority over their own medical decision making. It also accepts the legal notion that paternity is determined by societal convention rather than being rigidly bound to genetics. We support the treatment of the pregnant woman as the sole medical decision maker as being ethically and legally sound. To allow a woman to contract away the right to control her own health would be to institute contractual slavery. Preventing binding contracts to give up the infant after birth only reiterates the adoption laws in most states.ACOG Committee Opinion 88: Ethical Issues in Surrogate Motherhood. Committee on Ethics, November 1990.
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