This is one more example of why it’s not a good idea to pretend to be God…when you’re not actually God.
A couple from British Columbia, Canada, have been embroiled in a complex ethical battle after their surrogate refused their request to abort the fetus she was carrying. The couple made the request after tests revealed the baby would likely be born with Down’s syndrome. Although the parties had entered into contract, legal proceedings were not brought by the surrogate who, in the end, decided to have an abortion due — in part — to her own family obligations. [bionews]
Oh, the tangled web we weave. What is a surrogate mother to do when the biological parents of the scientifically engineered human life inside of her decide they want to end the life of their child because it isn’t good enough for them? Such a sad story.
No matter how well intentioned many of its advocates may be, in vitro fertilization or IVF — where a scientist impregnates a woman, including surrogate mothers, with a tiny human life — is a byproduct of our utilitarian, consequentialist, selfish mindset. We want children the way we want them. We want them when we want them. We want the exact number of them that we prefer. And when we get one we don’t like, we just send her back (i.e. kill them). All in the name of a thing called love. We are sick.
Our combination of IVF (babies-on-demand) and abortion (killing-on-demand) is proof that, in a world controlled by selfish brats, beggars can indeed be choosers. It’s also sick proof that we’ve got our priorities and morals all mixed up.
God help us.