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The word surrogacy was first used in the 1980s, though the root word dates back to the 1400s. We will examine the definition of surrogacy, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Surrogacy means the act of behaving as a surrogate. A surrogate is  someone who is acting as a substitute in a certain situation. Almost always, the word surrogacy is used in reference to a surrogate mother. A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a pregnancy for another person, who will become the parent of the child at birth. Obviously, a surrogate is always a woman, but the parent for whom the surrogate carries the baby may be male, female, or a couple. The child may be biologically related to any of these participants in the surrogacy, or none of them. Surrogacy is a legal arrangement. Often financial compensation is afforded to the surrogate. The word surrogacy is modeled after the word preganancy. The root word is surrogate and is derived from the Latin word surrogatus, which means to substitute.


Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers, creating new political opportunities in a heavily GOP district. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)

Although It has been more than twenty years since the Taiwanese government started the discussion on whether to legalize surrogacy, still no consensus has been reached, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW). (Taiwan News)

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