Earlier this week, Pope Francis called for a worldwide ban on surrogacy, claiming that the practice, which helps individuals and couples have children, exploits the women who carry them.
That characterization couldn’t be further from the truth for Sunshine Hanson, a three-time gestational surrogate and founder of the surrogacy agency Surrogacy Is.
“It’s so disrespectful to the women who are doing this,” Hanson said in an interview.
“I just think that it’s so brave for a parent to trust somebody else to carry their baby,” she said. “It’s a really special and unique relationship that I don’t think anybody who hasn’t been through it can really fathom.”