Surrogate Motherhood from an Ethical and Legal Perspective

  • Karim Zaouaq Faculté des sciences juridiques, économiques et sociales, Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fès, Maroc
Keywords: gestational surrogacy, surrogate mother, prospective child, commodification of the body, ethics, international law, national legislation
Language(s): French


In an evolving global market of procreation, surrogacy is increasingly practiced and raises many ethical issues in terms of respect of the dignity of women, their bodily integrity and the consideration of the best interests and kinship of the unborn child. Faced with such ethical questions, the legal response in international law was tepid, while that of the States was fundamentally disparate, varying between systems of prohibition or legal framing of this practice and others that tolerate surrogacy but do not regulate it. This article seeks to analyze the different ethical issues raised by surrogacy, then focuses on the various legal trends prohibiting or totally or partially authorizing this practice, and studying the legal treatment reserved by international law to this question.

How to Cite
Zaouaq K. Surrogate Motherhood from an Ethical and Legal Perspective. Can. J. Bioeth. 2020;3:128-33.