April 28th 2007

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: East Timor election: what's cooking?

EDITORIAL: Implications of East Timor's election

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kevin Rudd's character under scrutiny

OVERSEAS TRADE: Wheat-growers back single-desk selling

MANUFACTURING: Japan still shows the way

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Easter and the media / Literacy, and all that / Anzac Day / Jews and Muslims / Pre-Budget ruminations

DAVID HICKS AFFAIR: Media's blind eye to Hicks treason

THE COLD WAR: How Moscow framed Pope Pius XII as pro-Nazi

GREAT BRITAIN: Why Britain is no longer great

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Lottery players fleeced for $100 million

ETHICS: New safeguard for vulnerable patients

HEALTH: Married gays die 24 years younger

OBITUARY: Dr John Billings (1918-2007) and the Culture of Life

AS THE WORLD TURNS: The unmarriage revolution / Unexpected outbreak of morality / Mediocrity on the march / Children recruited to spy for Big Brother

Antidotes to narcissism (letter)

Problems with surrogacy (letter)

Politicised public service (letter)

Bell tolls for national icon (letter)

CINEMA: Spartan sacrifice that saved Greece


BOOKS: BACKS TO THE WALL: A larrikin on the Western Front, by G.D. Mitchell with Robert Macklin

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Problems with surrogacy (letter)

by Arnold Jago

News 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,
Mildura, Vic.

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