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Carrying Someone Else's Dream: Surrogacy
Young military wives make popular surrogates, especially in California where, unlike other states, surrogacy is legal and case law protects parents' rights to hire women to carry their babies. Just as important to the would-be parents, military wives have access to military medical insurance called Tricare, which includes comprehensive prenatal care worth as much as $10,000.
"Military wives, they don't cry, they don't complain at the drop of a hat. They're organized. They're efficient. They handle everything when their husbands are gone," says one surrogate's agent. "A few shots during the first few months is not going to bother them, and they don't need to be told to be polite and professional and show up on time."
This article offers an indepth look into the motivations -- financial and altruistic -- of one military wife, Angel Howard, her journey to surrogacy, and her attempts to make a baby for two gay men who want to be parents: