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Surrogacy in frum circles?

10 August, 2004

Question:

has there ever been a surrogate mother in our frum circles? I had a hysterectomy after the birth of my son three years ago and I am dreaming of a surrogate mother giving me the chance of having another baby. Can you direct me as whom to ask such a halachik question and do you know if I am already blessed B"H if such a scenario is allowed.


Answer:

There is no centralized registry of procedures done, so it is difficult to say how often surrogate motherhood actually happens in 'frum circles'.  However, there is much halachic discussion at present, including opinions that would permit the procedure. Of course the halacha is decided on a case by case basis.

We would suggest that you contact Machon Puah or the organization A TIME.


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