Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gestational Carriers, a world gome mad.


Aussie actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have announced the arrival of a new baby. My first reaction was, "I didn't know she was pregnant". (I confess to reading trash like "Hello" and "OK" while getting my hair done). I was right, she wasn't pregnant. She had a "gestational carrier". A what? Now I must admit that this is a new phase for me, and I don't like it, not one little bit. It doesn't even sound human. It is cold and clinical. I'm thinking "aircraft carriers" and "people carriers". It also neatly removes the word "mother" from the surrogate arrangement. Lately the world, seems to be changing very fast. Nothing is what it seems anymore. Too many definitions are being rewritten. Eggs, sperm and wombs should never be for sale or hire. The world has gone mad. May God have mercy on us. I like Erin Manning's reaction.
"Gestational carrier," you should note, is just a nicer way of saying "reproductive prostitute." But it doesn't change the reality.

Eventually wealthy, first-world women will get into the habit of paying poorer, third-world women to be pregnant for them. After all, pregnancy causes stretch marks, ugly varicose veins, and--horrors!--weight gain. Don't think that rich amoral women won't hesitate to exploit the poor women who desperately need the money the wealthy will pay for them to be living incubators. Don't think that this isn't going to turn very ugly, very fast.

The evil of treating children like bought-and-paid-for commodities is still in its infancy, and I'll denounce it regardless of whether same-sex or opposite sex couples are engaging in it. It's a terrible injustice and a hideous abortion of morality.
Well said Erin.

Prayer for Mercy
Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.


2 comments:

Sarah said...

I have always liked Nicole Kidman. I'm just wondering if the Catholic Church allows "getstattional carriers?"

Caroline McCamley said...

Sarah, the Catholic Church does not allow "gestational carriers"/ surrogacy.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2376 "Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child's right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses' "right to become a father and a mother only through each other."

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