Two recent stories reveal an underlying notion inherent in surrogate parenting arrangements that poisons our view of children and, hence, our culture. And that poisonous idea has spawned a mindset that has killed tens of millions.
by Father Frank Pavone
National Director of Priests for Life
As the New York Post reported, Melissa Cook is a California woman who was hired by a Georgia man to be a surrogate mom. Brittneyrose Torres, another California woman, also entered into a surrogacy agreement.
Ms. Cook was implanted with three embryos created by in vitro fertilization; Ms. Torres with two, one of which became twins. Both women are now carrying triplets and neither of the parties with whom they contracted are pleased.
In both cases, genetic parents want the surrogate mom to abort one of the babies she’s carrying. Triplets are not what they “ordered.” And therein lies the mindset problem.
When we, for instance, purchase a shirt online and then receive the wrong size, the wrong color, or the wrong quantity, we return the order and the mistake is corrected. But there’s no return policy for unborn babies. We can’t just put them back on a storage shelf. They are living human beings. We have one of two choices – let them live or kill them.
The genetic parents in the Cook and Torres stories allegedly are pressuring the women to choose the latter option. Of course, they don’t use the term “kill.” In the Orwellian lexicon of the abortion industry, they use the term “selective reduction.” The mothers are expected to decide or be told which of the children should be eliminated and which should live.
All too often in our society, an unborn child is not viewed as a gift to be cherished, but as an item to be procured. Our thoughts are not for the child, but for ourselves. If we’re not ready to accept the delivery of that child, we treat him or her like an “it.”
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