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Women’s Issues

From: Stolen Motherhood


This chapter looks at the evolution of the concept/experience of motherhood, and the author asserts that society is increasingly viewing pregnancy and childbirth from a utilitarian perspective, as is evidenced by the widespread acceptance and practice of surrogacy. This chapter looks at the philosophy and ethics that underpin surrogacy, explores the question of consent and surrogacy, and mentions some medical concerns with the practice.



Maria De Koninck

Maria De Koninck (PhD) was Université Laval’s first Chair of Women’s Studies. Her research has focused on women’s health, including childbirth and reproductive technologies. Her 20 years of international experience include work on HIV-AIDS in West Africa and maternal mortality (notably for WHO). She lives in Quebec City.