Is a world where unmarried people have babies by surrogate a better place for children?
"There are two forms of surrogacy: gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate is not genetically related to the child; and traditional surrogacy, where the surrogate uses her own egg to conceive a child," the Times reported on April 18. "(Traditional surrogacy is far less common than gestational surrogacy and is often prohibited.) The New York bill aimed to legalize gestational surrogacy."
"For supporters, it was a no-brainer," said the Times. "Embracing surrogacy was beneficial to infertile couples and meaningful to the L.G.B.T. community, they argued. And it is already permitted in 47 other states."
Then there are the financial arrangements.
"According to a report from Columbia Law School," said the Times, "fees for surrogates in the United States vary considerably and are estimated to be between $20,000 to $55,000, on average.
"Typically," said the Times, "the intended parents will also pay for the surrogate's medical care, attorney, travel expenses and health insurance, among other costs, which can amount to as much as $100,000 or more."
"Donor eggs are often sold in groups of half a dozen, and priced around $15,000."
An unmarried man -- or a man married to another man -- would generally need two women to carry out a "paid surrogacy" such as those described by the Times. He would need one woman to provide the eggs and another to provide the womb.
When a child is conceived and gestated through such an arrangement on behalf of a single or same-sex married male, however, neither the biological mother nor the gestational mother would be the legal mother.
The baby would either have one father and no mother -- if the man was unmarried -- or two "fathers" -- if the man was "married" to another man.
In either case, the baby is motherless.
And denying this child a mother is the result of a carefully executed plan.
Yet every baby ever conceived has a God-given right to a mother and a father -- just as every father and mother have a duty to nurture and protect every child they conceive.
Deliberately denying a baby a mother or father does that child wrong.
Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSNews.com. To find out more about him, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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