You can’t sell human organs, so why in the world should you be able to sell children? Welcome to the continuing expansion of the brave new world of surrogate child-bearing.
Moreover, in their determination to deny reality–or perhaps reinvent it–the proponents of the D.C. surrogacy bill have adopted a species of Newspeak that would make George Orwell cringe. You can get a flavor of it in a letter written by a friend of mine to his D.C. councilman:
“Gestational carrier”? The D.C. bill not only treats the child as a thing, a commodity that can be bought and sold; it treats the woman bearing the child in the same way. But this is what happens when reality is turned inside-out. For as my friend pointed out to his councilman, it’s illegal to sell human organs in America; so “how…is it possible to sell a baby?”
The day I read my friend’s plea to the D.C. Council for moral sanity, I happened upon Anthony Esolen’s report of another horror involving children, this time in Toronto:
There is deep and disturbing cultural irony here. An America that prides itself on organizations like the Children’s Defense Fund and that supports charities like the Save the Children Fund and UNICEF has also committed itself, not indefinitely we pray, to a regime of abortion on demand that has led to the deaths of tens of millions of children. The highest local legislative body in the federal capital is considering a bill that would commodify children as fit objects for sale and purchase–which is precisely what happened in Washington’s antebellum slave markets. And up north, in the Land of Nice, children are being compelled to imagine themselves as cross-dressers; don’t be surprised when it happens south of the 49th parallel.
Democracy cannot long co-exist with decadence or unreality. That’s the lesson of history and sound political philosophy. And it’s the message of the Church, which, with John Paul II, teaches us that it takes a certain kind of people, living certain virtues, to make free politics (and the free economy) work. However we may describe those people and the virtues they live out, they aren’t people who buy and sell children, speak blithely of “gestational carriers,” reduce parenthood to a lifestyle choice, and ask youngsters to imagine themselves cross-dressing. These behaviors aren’t just weird; they’re wicked, and the attempt to force them on society through the law is a perfect example of what Benedict XVI meant by the “dictatorship of relativism.”
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