I didn't realize that surrogate mothers were so controversial. Apparently conservatives think it's somehow unnatural to have another woman bear your child. And liberals think that it's coercive to pay or get paid for it:
Lawyers and surrogacy advocates will tell you that they don’t accept poor women as surrogates for a number of reasons. Shirley Zager told me that the arrangement might feel coercive for someone living in real poverty.So it's perfectly fine for an upper- or middle-class woman to accept money for the use of her womb, but if the woman is below the poverty line it's coercive? You know how it can be hard for an impoverished person to pass up an opportunity to make money! Gosh, what would we do if there was a relatively easy way for poor women to make $25,000 a pop? Now that I think about it, we should probably ban the poor from working too. After all, they don't really have any other options: if they don't get a job they'll starve. People just shouldn't be allowed to freely exchange their labor for money unless it's something they really care about!