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Local Couple Weighs in on Proposal to Outlaw Surrogacy

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -  In one of our most hotly debated online stories of the week, the local community is reacting strongly to a California woman's mission to outlaw surrogacy.

In her documentary, "Breeders: A Sub-Class of Women," Jennifer Lahl argues that surrogacy is a baby-buying operation, allowing wealthy couples to exploit vulnerable women. This notion isn't sitting well with parents who have used a surrogate mother to have a child. 

Jenn Nixon and her husband Brad are trying to start a family. It's been a seven-year struggle for the Chesterfield couple, but they're getting closer to their dream.

"After 7 years of waiting, finally we will be parents,"  Jenn said.

The Nixon's chose to use a surrogate, or gestational carrier, after they learned Jenn's heart problems would make it dangerous for her to get pregnant.

"This was what we wanted to do and so I just put it out there, told everyone. I blogged about it and was sharing it, that we found our surrogate," Jenn explained.

Jenn's blog gives a candid look at the couple's efforts to become parents and their joy in finding someone to help them. Jenn disagrees with the recent claims that surrogacy is a "baby-buying operation" that exploits women.

"It isn't fair to generalize and make it seem like every surrogacy situation is that way," Jenn told 8News. "My experience and the people I know, they're doing it because that's the only way they can have a biological child and I think its a wonderful thing."

It's also an expensive process.

"We are budgeting it out and I'm estimating it's going to cost $40,000 for us to do this," Jenn said. "With my husband being a police officer and me on a small salary, this is going to be loans. But we're gonna make it happen. We're gonna make it happen."

That $40,000 will cover just medical costs; the Nixon's are not paying their gestational carrier. She's helping the couple because she believes it's the right thing to do. Instead of focusing on any negative feedback, Jenn and her husband will instead focus on starting their family.

Many of you weighed in on this controversial topic, and we want to hear more from you. Should surrogacy be banned? Why or why not? Leave a comment here or tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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