About five years into the program, the dormitories were built. It was a natural offshoot of the work, and a work of charity as well — more and more women in need were applying to be part of the program.
And of course no one was obliged or compelled to be a Benefactor — the requirements were clearly spelled out, and there were counseling requirements to be met before a woman was accepted into the program.
Terminology was set in the early stages. The clients were called “Sponsors”. Advocacy groups pushed for the term ‘parents’, but the language of parenthood was fraught in cases where there were anywhere between two and five parties involved in the development of the fetus, and the directors thought it best avoided.
The term for the surrogates had gone through many evolutions. “Surrogate” itself was considered too clinical, “Carrier” was too demeaning, and “Mother” was, off course, right out. Eventually a cadre of outside consultants settled upon “Benefactor” as striking just the right note — women helping others, giving the precious gift of parenthood to others.
Go read the rest. *shudder*