One of the most outspoken feminists , authors and activists, of our time here provides a riveting examination of the issues raised by the celebrated Baby M Surrogacy case.
In 1985, Mary Beth Whitehead signed a contract agreeing to act as a surrogate mother for Bill and Betsy Stern for a payment of $10,000. The following year, after giving birth to the child, known in this case as "Baby M", Mary Beth Whitehead decided to break her contract and keep the baby. Her decision led to a court battle that made headlines everywhere.
With passion and wisdom, Phyllis Chesler explores the impact of this landmark case on our society's legal, psychological, and ethical condition. Sacred Bond uses this cast to explore such questions as:
What makes a mother - of father - fit, and who decides?
Should surrogacy be abolished?
Who can determine a child's "best interests"?
In what ways does the standard surrogate-mother contract constitute baby selling and the exploitation of women?
Will pregnancy and childbirth become a blue-collar "occupation?"
Sacred Bond projects the impact of the Baby M case into the future, questioning how hte modern definition of family will evolve - and whose definition will prevail. Dr. Chesler probes these questions with all of their disturbing implications. With the same stunning lucidity that marked her best-selling Women and Madness, Chesler now makes the issues raised by the Baby M case a part of our modern consciousness.