Is a world where unmarried people have babies by surrogate a better place for children?
"It's an extraordinary blessing, which she and all surrogates give to families who can't have children," he said.
"My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own," Cooper continued. "An amazingly supportive husband. I am also so thankful for all the support that they have given Wyatt and me.
"She has kids of her own and I appreciate their support as well," said Cooper.
As USA Today then reported, "Cooper has shared he plans to co-parent Wyatt with his former partner."
"This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years," USA Today reported Cooper told Howard Stern in an interview. "He's a great guy. We didn't work out as a couple, but I want somebody -- when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother. My mom was not the most parental person and I wished some adult, after my dad had died, had stepped in and been like, 'You know what? I'll take you to a ballgame.' Or 'let's go out to lunch every now and then and just talk.'"
So, the basic facts of how Cooper became a father, as he himself explained it, are: A woman, who is married to another man and who has children, carried a baby for Cooper as a "surrogate." When the baby was born, Cooper took custody. His "former partner" will serve as "co-parent."
This inspired the Speaker of the House to congratulate Cooper on national television.
Now leave aside the specific case of Anderson Cooper, and look at the issue of surrogacy more generally.
Is a world in which unmarried people have babies gestated for them by surrogates a better place for children?
In New York, the state Senate passed a bill last year to legalize the "paid surrogacy" of babies. The state assembly, however, did not pass the bill. As reported by The New York Times, that left New York as an "outlier" in the American surrogacy business.