Legal Concerns for a Heart Condition

A heart condition forced 25-year-old Susan to undergo a tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy, which could have resulted in her death and the death of the fetus. Both Susan and her husband Bob had planned to have a large family and have tried to adopt through various foreign adoption agencies, so far without success. They believe that Susan’s heart condition is a barrier as two siblings and her father died before the age of 40 of heart disease. Bob’s mother Myrtle, age 52 and just showing signs of entering menopause, has offered to be a surrogate to embryos created from Susan’s eggs and Bob’s sperm. Discuss the legal rights in reproductive matters that protect the plan proposed by Susan, Bob, and Myrtle. What legal concerns or questions does this arrangement raise for Susan, Bob, and Myrtle’s health care providers?

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