Children As Commodities
More stories from a decadent world, one in which adults treat human life as consumer goods. Four hundred years ago, we were engaged in slavery. Same principle: some human lives exist to serve our desires.
Surrogacy Australia says it is shocked and outraged that an Australian couple abandoned a baby in Thailand with his surrogate mother after he was found to have Down syndrome and a life-threatening heart condition.
Pattaramon Chanbua has told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) she gave birth to twins after agreeing to be a surrogate with a promised payment of about $16,000.
The Western Australian couple rejected six-month-old Gammy and only took his healthy sister home with them, and Pattaramon says she cannot afford Gammy’s medical treatment. She told the ABC she refused the couple’s request to terminate the pregnancy because in Thai culture that would be considered sinful.
Apparently the product was a lemon.
This is evil, but I don’t think the surrogate mother is entirely innocent. She rented her womb out, after all, and sold her own children (well, child) as if she were a prize heifer.
Britain is to get its first NHS-funded national sperm bank to make it easier for lesbian couples and single women to have children.
For as little as £300 – less than half the cost of the service at a private clinic – they will be able to search an online database and choose an anonymous donor on the basis of his ethnicity, height, profession and even hobbies.
The bank, which is due to open in October, will then send out that donor’s sperm to a clinic of the client’s choice for use in trying for a baby
Heterosexual couples will also be able to benefit, but the move – funded by the Department of Health – is largely designed to meet the increasing demand from thousands of women who want to start a family without having a relationship with a man.
Critics last night called it a ‘dangerous social experiment’ that could result in hundreds of fatherless ‘designer families’.
The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said last night: ‘It is the welfare of the child that must come first and not the fact that people want a particular kind of baby.’
Bishop Michael, who once chaired the ethics committee of Britain’s fertility watchdog, added: ‘This is social experimentation. It’s one thing for a child not to have a mother or father through tragedy, but it is another to plan children to come into the world without a father.’
Bigot. Off with his head!