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Title: Attitudes and beliefs toward surrogate pregnancy : expert perspectives in Malta
Authors: Agius, Maria
Keywords: Non-governmental organizations -- Malta
Surrogate motherhood -- Malta
Surrogate motherhood -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Agius, M. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs toward surrogate pregnancy : expert perspectives in Malta (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: This study explores the attitudes and beliefs among well known NGOs in Malta, towards the concept of surrogacy. Using a qualitiative approach, interviews were held with six different associations in Malta. Purposeful sampling was used in order to recruite candidates who are regarded as knowlegable on the topic. A thematic analysis led towards four global themes that together connect the benefits and concerns that surround the concept of surrogacy from the participants’ mindset. The emergent themes illlustrate the different perspectives towards the various forms of surrogacy, the preparation and legal processes that one is required to go through when proceeding with surrogacy, among the different impacts that surrogacy causes on all parties involved and the views and ethical dilemmas that concern these individuals. The findings concluded that some associations view surrogacy as a human right, whereas others consider it as a demorilisation of women and their bodies. The bond between the surrogate and the child deemed to be the highest concern due to the psychological impacts the seperation could cause to the surrogate, and at a later stage, the child. The outcomes indicate the approach taken by NGOs who prioritise different values, whereas some agree with surrogacy being a noble gesture between a surrogate and intended parents, and some consider it as a method of exploitation. Considering that legislations on surrogacy are still absent from Maltese law, future research could include personal case studies of individuals who have been through surrogacy from a transnational perspective.
Description: B.A.(HONS)SOCIOLOGY
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArt - 2019
Dissertations - FacArtSoc - 2019

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