As if we needed another example of the bizarre, “Brave New World” times we’re living in comes this story from Canada: A couple who conceived a child using a surrogate decided to abort the baby once they learned the child would likely be born with Down syndrome. The surrogate initially resisted ending the pregnancy, raising several messy questions about contractual obligations in such agreements, but eventually consented to the abortion.
According to the fertility doctor in the case, the couple and the surrogate mother had never considered the possibility of there being a problem with the pregnancy, adding that the British Columbia couple had “come on a long journey before commissioning the surrogacy, [but] all they were thinking about was success.”
Commissioning ... contracts ... these words used to be associated more with business rather than babies. But sadly, this story does not come as a surprise — the more we take the creation of human life out of God’s hands and into our own, the colder and more businesslike the process becomes. But it’s still a disgusting display of the commodification of human life.
“Should the rules of commerce apply to the creation of children? No, because children get hurt. It’s kind of like stopping the production line: ‘Oh, oh, there’s a flaw.’ It makes sense in a production scenario, but in reproduction it’s a lot more problematic,” University of Calgary bioethicist Juliet Guichon told The National Post.
Increasingly, contemporary culture doesn’t seem to see things this way, so a precious life becomes just an expendable, defective product in the manufacturing process.