All posts tagged: infertility

Surrogacy Exploits Women and Deprives the Rights of the Child

Should we be concerned with a growing demand for rent-a-womb pregnancies?  The accepted term, of course, is ‘surrogacy’, but I wonder if this is just a neat, clinical way of referring to baby trade. Surrogacy has always made me uncomfortable and not only because I am a Christian, whose beliefs hinge on the inherent value of human life and the traditional family unit. Surrogacy is a transaction that reinforces the divide between the Haves and the Have-Nots.  Infertile or gay or image-conscious Western couples can buy a baby.  Even in altruistic surrogacy, there is a disregard for the intimate bond a baby and mother stitch together in the nine months before delivery. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia, however, as the recent case of baby Gammy has highlighted, Australian couples are free to access overseas surrogacy services and bring their baby home. It’s still early days for Tasmania where laws changed in 2012 to allow altruistic surrogacy.  In Queensland, however, this change happened in 2010.  Of the three surrogacy arrangements since, two have ended up …