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Surrogacy is a very complicated issue and raises many ethical concerns, as egg and sperm donation do. However, surrogacy not only involves fertilizing gametes in the laboratory but also the process of gestation.

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surrogacyLegislation regarding surrogacy (.pdf file) varies from country to country and where it is permitted couples should seek legal advice before proceeding with this option. This is crucial in order to protect all parties involved in surrogacy arrangements but most importantly the unborn child. There have been cases where the surrogate mother gets emotionally connected to the child during pregnancy and it is difficult for her to get separated after birth. This is why it is very important to carefully choose the surrogate mother, since the financial burden for those commissioning surrogacy may overcome 50.000 euro or even more.