Saturday, July 8, 2017

About surrogate mothers

One of the modern-day issues is that of surrogate mothers. Surrogate child-bearing is not a new thing. Even when there were no technology, people still found ways to have surrogate children.

Here is the example from the Torah:
CLV Gn 16:1 Now Sarai, the wife of Abram, does not bear for him. Yet an Egyptian maid has she and her name is Hagar. 
CLV Gn 16:2 And saying is Sarai to Abram,  "Behold, pray! Yahweh restrains me from bearing. Come, pray, to my maid. Perhaps I will be built by her."  And hearkening is Abram to the voice of Sarai. 
CLV Gn 16:3 And taking is Sarai, the wife of Abram, Hagar, the Egyptian, her maid, at the end of ten years of Abram's dwelling in the land of Canaan, and giving her is she to Abram, her husband, for his wife. 
CLV Gn 16:4 And coming is he to Hagar, and pregnant is she becoming. And seeing is she that she is pregnant, and lightly esteemed is her mistress in her eyes.
As you can see, Abraham took his female-slave to be a surrogate mother for Sarah. 

Now, the issue here is that not all women can be surrogate mothers.

For example, a married woman can't be a surrogate mother because it would be considered adultery. Also, a woman can't be surrogate unless she is his wife, concubine or a female-slave.

In other words, surrogate mother has to be officially "taken" or "wed" by a man who needs a surrogate.

Otherwise, there are no problem with surrogate children bearing. It is a beautiful gift that a woman can give to a childless couple so Torah most certainly allows that.

Same goes for today's three parent embryos. A surrogate mother has to be related to the man for this to be legal according to the Torah.

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