As the original poster of this thread, I've been reading the posts, and thought I should weigh in. One person's signature includes the sage advice to "disagree agreeably." I agree! To cast judgment on another poster's opinion by comments such as "not my business" (my, how superior!) and "this is not nursing-related" (On what planet?) is not in the spirit of allnurses.com, one of the best nursing resources on the net. It is also stating opinion as fact.
As a nurse, one indeed should focus on the health of either a recent birth mother or newborns, if any are clients. But nurses are also public health advocates. As well, they should be up on the latest laws concerning health care. Nurses should tell clients their options without coloring the options with personal opinions. Merely posing the question of the legal status of surrogacy invited snide responses in a couple of threads. This speaks volumes about how the poster views those who don't agree with their own opinion. Disagree without casting judgment on the person you disagree with, everybody. Please!
Surrogacy is a hot subject, not unlike abortion. That the non-medical kind is merely a personal decision is an OPNION, not fact. So this opinion should not be posited as fact, certainly not by any list monitor. Last I checked, this is America. It is also an opinion that asking about the legal heath issues is not nursing related. Huh? I want to know. Come to think of it, I need to know.
Any look in a text about medical ethics will discuss this issue. Surrogacy is discussed in ethics tomes vis a vis the effect on poor women who may enter in a contract as a "Rent-a-womb," somewhat unwillingly. Same for prostitution and the illegal selling of organs. Optional vs. medical surrogacy strike me as two different animals, though I understand there are people who have problem with any "tweaking" of the birth process for religious reasons.
As a person who has worked with desperately poor immigrants - i.e. try supporting a family on 500 bucks a year - my main concern is for the status of poor women. Poverty doesn't end one's civil rights or control of one's own body.
The bottom line is nurses can and should be clear about the legal aspects of medical techniques. Nurses should be clear about what is a personal opinion and what is a complicated issue that has no right and wrong answer.
As for not discussing all the ins and outs of a celebrity med error case, I'm a little surprised than anyone could say the business of people who go on international TV to discuss their private business is not fodder for discussions of related medical issues. Additionally, actors have highly paid publicists who spin the actor's reputation in the press 24/7. Care, therefore, should be given in the veracity of any statements they make to the press.
'Nuff said. Please don't judge people who disagree with you. As a nurse dealing with John Q. Public, this not just "being nice" - it's part of our jobs.