Children should not be treated as commodities

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

baby feetSome 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."

Morse

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.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Are the Democrats and their far-left policies ensuring President Trump wins re-election?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall
Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits
Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post
Yanks' Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad
DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools
Leftist groups want major cuts to nation's security and justice systems

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump soubles down on rebel flag displays, calling them 'freedom of speech'
DeVos calls out 'adults who are fearmongering' over school reopenings: 'Kids have got to continue learning'
NBC News chief announces new affirmative action goals for workforce
Destroy the ‘public’ education system
Trump proves black workers matter

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
UN isn't what it used to be

U.N. logo (United Nations)A former United Nations adviser for delegations and American policy says the intergovernmental organization is no longer good.