Surrogate for non-Jews
23 April, 2006
Can a Jewish woman be a surrogate for a non-Jewish couple? Thank you.
As the clinical use of surrogate motherhood is a relatively new phenomenon, there is not yet halachic consensus on this procedure. Thus, there is debate as to whether the status of the child is based on the egg donor, the woman carrying the child, or both.
If a Jewish woman is the surrogate, the child might be considered Jewish. It would not be permissible to bear a Jewish child to be raised by non-Jews. Therefore, we could not recommend that a Jewish woman carry a non-Jew's child.
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