Problems with surrogacy (letter)by Arnold JagoNews Weekly
, April 28, 2007
In the current controversy over surrogacy laws, let's remember that all surrogacy is unjust. Surrogacy dumps a child, without his/her consent, into complex, unnatural relationships - and he/she is expected to like it.
Who knows what confusion and resentments may result? Do we care? And many birth mothers feel unable to relinquish the baby.
A woman isn't just a uterus on legs. Women sometimes change their minds. Why not on such a life-changingly personal issue?
Remember the Mary-Beth Whitehead case. The child she bore was confiscated by police. During subsequent “access” times the baby sought Mary-Beth's breast, for both nutrition and comfort.
The court-appointed supervisor wouldn't let Mary-Beth nurse the child, “lest it create a mother-child bond”! Too late and very stupid.
The only way to avoid such disasters is to keep surrogacy illegal.Arnold Jago,