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COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY

REPRODUCTION, ADOPTION, THE NEW TECHNOLOGY AND LAW IN POPULAR CULTURE

As early as 1970 Hollywood presented the "surrogate mother" problem to the American public in a film called The Baby Maker, starring Barbara Hershey as the surrogate.  The real-life case of Mary Beth Whitehead was filmed as Baby M in 1988. Burt Reynolds hired Beverly De Angelo to bear his child in the comedy Paternity (1981).

Other films which deal with the questions raised by surrogate parenting include Final Vendetta (1996), Chutney Popcorn (1999), Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many (1993), based on a true story, Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story (1993), Take Two (1988), and (briefly) Small Sacrifices (TVM 1989), based on the true story of Diane Downs, who was convicted of shooting three of her children, killing one.

Sperm donors figure in several films, among them the tv movie A Modern Affair (1996) and Cherry (1999), both romanticized views of artificial insemination and its emotional entanglements.

Questions of new technology also surface in stories about cloning.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Soos Case (bibliography by Christine Corcos).

 

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