07 Why a celebrity surrogate baby should not be celebrated - Fr Joshan Rodrigues

posted Feb 14, 2019, 10:21 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 10:22 AM ]
Children cannot be ‘manufactured’ using technological breakthroughs.

The Indian media announced to the world a few weeks ago that yet another baby had been born to a celebrity using surrogacy. In this case, the celebrity is not married (and doesn't intend to in the foreseeable future, according to industry tabloids and journals). An online search reveals that a number of Bollywood celebrities have opted for surrogacy in recent times to fulfil their desire for a child. Some of them intend to be single parents to their children by opting not to get married.

So what is 'Surrogacy'?

When a couple wants a baby, but is unable to have a child, because either or both partners are medically unfit to conceive, another woman is chosen to bear their child through a clinical process.

Surrogacy is basically 'renting a womb'. This very simplistic definition is more accurate, because surrogacy today is not just used by married couples as a way to bear children, but also by same-sex couples, single persons, as well as live-in couples.

India was one of the few countries in the world where commercial surrogacy was legal; the surrogate mother could be legally paid for her services. This made India a favourite destination for foreigners from across the world, in whose countries surrogacy was banned or limited to altruistic surrogacy, meaning that only a close relative or friend of the couple could offer to be the surrogate mother, and she could not be 'paid' for doing so. It's ironical that in a country in which one cannot buy and sell human organs, babies can be manufactured for a price.