An informal study by a fertility data service suggests an increasing number of gay couples in the US are turning to surrogacy.
The study -- conducted by Fertility IQ on behalf of the Chicago Tribune -- involved data from fertility clinics in more than 10 cities.
The results, as reported in the Tribune, “indicate that 10 to 20 percent of donor eggs are going to gay men having babies via surrogacy, and in a lot of places the numbers are up 50 percent from five years ago.”
Surrogacy for gay men in the US was “unheard of” five years ago, according to Eve Feinberg, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
But Jake Anderson, Fertility IQ co-founder, says the practice will become increasingly common.
"We think this is going to be pretty darn commonplace...Maybe not tomorrow, but five years from now, 10 years from now, everybody will know a few people who have built their families through gay surrogacy."
Surrogacy for gay men typically costs between $100,000 to $200,000, Anderson told the Tribune.Statistics released earlier this year by the Treasury Department indicate that the income of same-sex married male couples with children is roughly $275,000 on average, more than double the pretax income for heterosexual couples and same-sex married female couples with children.
There is quite a bit of literature in bioethics journals about the ethics of telling white lies to patients, especially with terminally ill patients. But a far more common ethical conundrum has been strangely neglected: whether children should be told the truth about Santa Claus. This, thankfully, has been remedied. Two psychologists have written an article in The Lancet Psychiatry arguing that children’s moral compass could be permanently deranged by the disappointment of learning that their parents have been telling them lies.
Kathy McKay, a clinical psychologist at the University of New England, Australia and a co-author, told The Guardian: “The Santa myth is such an involved lie, such a long-lasting one, between parents and children, that if a relationship is vulnerable, this may be the final straw. If parents can lie so convincingly and over such a long time, what else can they lie about?”
The psychologists follow in the footsteps of Richard Dawkins, who saw through the myth of Santa Claus at the tender age of 21 months. He told a conference in 2014: “Is it a good thing to go along with the fantasies of childhood, magical as they are? Or should we be fostering a spirit of scepticism? I think it's rather pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism.”
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