Viewpoints of fertile women on gestational surrogacy in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran

Azad Rahmani, Fuchsia Howard, Nilofar Sattarzadeh, Caleb Ferguson, Afsaneh Asgari, Hossein Ebrahimi

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2014.008


Abstract

The aim of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to investigate the viewpoint of fertile Iranian women on gestational surrogacy. A convenience sample of 230 fertile women was invited to participate in the study and 185 consented. Data were collected via a 22-item scale that assessed the viewpoints of the participants in five domains related to gestational surrogacy. The viewpoints reported by the women were positive. However, a significant percentage of them believed that commissioning couples are not the biological owners of the baby, religious barriers need to be overcome prior to legal barriers, children born through surrogacy may face emotional issues, and the adoption of children may be a better option than surrogacy. The negative views of the women on some key aspects make it clear that public education is needed to increase the acceptability of gestational surrogacy.

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