Pregnancy is not an experience that is easily relegated to the confines of a business contract. Nevertheless, that is exactly what the legalization of commercial surrogacy would strive to do. A proposed change to Minnesota law that would allow for business contracts between would-be parents and surrogate mothers could turn pregnancy into a for-profit business activity.
The topic of commercial surrogacy is extremely controversial. On the one hand, it could provide a means for parents who can't have children to have a child quickly by locating a woman they can pay to carry their baby. On the other hand, the fact remains that the act of holding a child in one's womb creates the most intimate bond between the surrogate mother and the child -- even if the baby doesn't have the mother's actual DNA.