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NOW on PBS | Surrogacy: Wombs for Rent? | PBS

Duration: 24:04 (Full Program)
Program: NOW on PBS #538

Commercial surrogacy — when women are paid to carry and deliver babies for people who cannot conceive them biologically — is banned in almost every developed country in the world except the United States, making it a land of opportunity for parents around the world. In June, celebrity parents Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker announced publicly they had twins delivered via surrogate. But surrogacy services and their oversight vary from state to state, creating a strong potential for deceit and fraud.

NOW’s senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa follows the surrogate pregnancy of a single mother over the course of several months. When she was 14-weeks pregnant, the surrogate agency that brokered the deal between her and the future parents vanished, leaving the woman stranded without health insurance and nowhere to turn. NOW investigates how shady surrogacy services and a lack of regulation in the U.S. may be defrauding hopeful couples and victimizing mothers trying to help them.

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Post Date: September 21, 2009