Sexes: Hiring Mothers

Will it be legal in Michigan?

Childless husband with infertile wife wants female donor for test-tube baby. Caucasian background. Indicate fee and age. All answers confidential.

That ad, published last year in three Michigan college newspapers, drew more than 200 responses. Almost all were from young white women willing to accept artificial insemination and bear a child for the advertisers, a Dearborn, Mich., couple in their early 30s.

The eager volunteers asked fees ranging from $200 to $10,000. One, who said she wanted to be a good Samaritan, described herself as "white, 23, blonde,...

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