Surrogate motherhood, rights and duties: a reply to Campbell

H.V. McLachlan, J.K. Swales

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In a recent article in Health Care Analysis (Vol. 8, No. 1), Campbell misrepresents our specific arguments about commercial surrogate motherhood (C.S.M.) and our general philosophical and political views by saying or suggesting that we are 'Millsian' liberals and consequentialists. He gives too the false impression that we do not oppose, in principle, slavery and child purchase. Here our position on C.S.M. is re-expressed and elaborated upon in order to eliminate possible confusion. Our general ethical and philosophical framework is also outlined and shown to be other than Campbell says that it is. In particular, a moral philosophy that it is based on neither consequentialism nor Kantianism is presented. C.S.M., it is argued, is not child purchase. It is like it in some respects and unlike it in others. It is unlike it in the respects which, relative to the present discussion, matter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Care Analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • child purchase
  • commercial surrogate
  • motherhood
  • commodification
  • consequentialism
  • Kantianism


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