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Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction$
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Susan Markens

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252035

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252035.001.0001

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The New Problem of Surrogate Motherhood: Legislative Responses

The New Problem of Surrogate Motherhood: Legislative Responses

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Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction

Susan Markens

University of California Press

Surrogate motherhood can be viewed as a classic social problem in its life history. Newspaper stories about surrogate parenting appeared only alternatingly in the early 1980s. The combined coverage provided by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post totalled 15 articles in 1980, 19 in 1981, 8 in 1982, and 25 in 1983. National public opinions polls indicate the impact of the Baby M case in etching surrogacy indelibly onto the national consciousness. A Gallup poll conducted during the 1987 trial found that 93 percent of those surveyed had heard of the Baby M case; 79 percent of the respondents in a Roper poll claimed they had read or heard enough about the case to feel they knew what it was about. The rise and fall of surrogacy as a national social problem can be measured by more than the news coverage the issue received.

Keywords:   Washington Post, Baby M case, Roper poll, Gallup poll, surrogacy

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