It’s a busy season so I don’t have time to give the treatment I’d like to the front page story in yesterday’s Post about a surrogate mom carrying a baby who the parents wanted to abort due to health problems (eugenics alert). When the surrogate refused, the parents sent a legal letter demanding she abort. I assume that we are hearing about the case because the parents are continuing to pursue a legal case against the surrogate; this bold woman actually picked up and moved to a state where she’d have more rights as the surrogate mother to not abort the baby she was carrying.
So many things wrong here, starting with the idea that we can do perfect strangers the favour of carrying a baby for them, without there being repercussions. But the problems all go back, in my mind, to the abortion-friendly culture and the manner in which people are disposable. I want a baby; but not a baby like that. For all the rhetoric of the parents in the article saying they didn’t want a baby to be born and suffer through health problems, their desire for abortion was not compassion. They didn’t want to care for a child like that, since we can hardly assume what the feelings of those who are sick and disabled are. We don’t get to choose the level of health we, or our children, will have. The choice mentality gets punctured pretty quickly in the real world–and yet the rhetoric is so rampant that it actually surprises some when they realize that some things are not a choice.