The Gift of Life (1982)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Gift of Life is a non-sensational study of surrogate pregnancy. Susan Dey stars as Joleen Sutton, a woman with a husband and two kids who agrees to be artificially inseminated on behalf of another woman. Since the surrogate mother concept is somewhat cloudy on a legal basis, Joleen faces conflict from her own family and friends, as well as the state attorney general. Her husband (Paul Le Mat) is particularly troubled by the situation, even though the money Joleen will earn for her pregnancy will help him keep his struggling gas station. But as the baby's birth date approaches, Joleen isn't so certain she wants to give up the child. Admirable in its refusal to take sides in the surrogate-mother controversy, The Gift of Life was telecast around the same time as another TV movie with a similar plotline, Tomorrow's Child.

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artificial-insemination, husband, pregnancy, surrogate-mother, custody, gas-station