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Abstract

Surrogacy has been defined as an arrangement in which ‘a woman who is, or is to become, pregnant agrees to permanently surrender the child to another person or couple who will be the child’s parent or parents’. Surrogacy is not a new concept, but rather is believed to be the oldest alternative to a male and female partner conceiving a child by sexual intercourse. Incidences of surrogacy are noted as far back as the Bible, the most renowned being Sarah who proposed that her husband Abram father a child by her handmaid. More recently, high profile cases such as Hollywood actor Denis Quaid and Victorian politician Stephen Conroy have shown that surrogacy continues to be a viable alternative for infertile couples.

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