A few weeks ago, I wrote a little blog about what I called “manufacturing babies,” the idea of using surrogate mothers for having a child, purchasing maybe the egg or sperm, or sometimes both. I cited a NY Times article about some of the ethical quandries of this practice.
Then last week, the NY Times featured the issue in its “Room for Debate” Blog, getting together a few people to talk about the issue. Read that posting here.
It was interesting to me that all the authors were essentially debating whether there need to be standards on who could have a surrogate child. After all, there are many things that have to happen for parents to be able to adopt a child, so why should surrogacy be different?
Alas, that is an issue I care not to discuss today (read the blog above to hear some thoughts), but it did get me thinking how there may be many requirements for adoptning, and one day surrogacy, but outside of those processes, anyone with the biological ability can make babies “the old-fashioned way.” Why is that?
It’s true we have child welfare laws that will take a baby away from those parents deemed unfit, but that may not stop any of the issues that have resulted prior to such an event. Why is this different?
I am certainly not trying to suggest things like forced sterilization or abortions, but it’s interesting to me how we, as a society, like regulations of some things but not others. As the NY Times blog noted, adoptions historically were done more with family relations being used (anyone seen Little Orphan Annie?), but that has since given way to other processes. Also, the blog noted that it is a constitutional right for anyone who should so choose to have a child. If we agree with that, how do adoption and surrogacy and other forms of obtaining a child fit into that right?
I’m a question poser, to be sure, someone who likes to get the convresation going in a new direction. How does all this strike you?
(On a side note, the NY Times also linked to an article regaring a judge’s ruling that a surrogate mother is the legal mother of two twins she birthed, even though she is not genetically related to them