Some countries allow mothers to carry and deliver someone else's child, but the founder of a global interfaith coalition equipping Christians to defend the family says believers have a role in stopping this "wrong" solution to infertility.
The topic made headlines when 50 surrogates in Ukraine allowed themselves to be used to bear children for others, including people in the U.S. Those infants are now being cared for in a Kiev hotel because the contracting parents face COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute says surrogacy makes the child nothing but a commodity.
"Whoever the people are who have commissioned the child, they are called the commissioning parents, and they are the ones who have legal rights to the child," Dr. Morse explains. "So, yes -- they have paid money, and they have obtained a baby to whom they have legal parenting rights. It's also a commercial transaction."
The women hired to have the babies are from impoverished circumstances and are attracted to the business for a good paycheck. Dr. Morse says this is wrong and that Christians have a role in stopping it.
"When it gets right down to it, you need to be prepared to say that this is wrong and this is not the solution to an infertility problem. And until Christians say that, nobody's going to put a stop to it but us; let's put it that way," she asserts."“Until we get it together, this is going to continue."
Child surrogacy is legal in at least 37 countries and in seven American states.