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Mazeppa resident Stacey Suess sees her two-year-old son, Jimmy, as a miracle of medical technology. After developing tumors in her uterus after her first pregnancy, she used a gestational carrier to have him. Advances in science, in addition to the high cost of adoption, have caused surrogacy to become increasingly popular in the U.S.
Just because Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed surrogacy legislation, the practice hasn't stopped. As our feature story and expanded content show, more than ever before Minnesota women are using or being surrogates.