Is Women’s Labor a Commodity?

The childbearing days are no longer a required element in the reproductive period for some.  Commercial surrogacy has opened the doors for many who can’t bear children of their own.  Commercial surrogate motherhood has increased notoriety as a means for obtaining children.  A commercial surrogate mother is paid to produce a child for someone else and then has to give up all parental rights and love for the child, she then has to allow others to raise the child as their own.  This behavior has raised many concerns about the suitable scope of the market in commercial surrogacy.  Some totally object to commercial surrogacy because the children and women’s reproductive ability are being treated as a commodity like children as buyer durables and women as baby factories.  This article offers a solution to what things are looked upon as commodities and supports the claim that commercial surrogacy decreases and lessens the rights of children and women and degrades children and women’s reproductive ability.

Elizabeth S. Anderson
Published in: Philosophy & Public Affairs
1990 Vol. 19, no.1 Pages 71-87, 91-91