Opinion piece: "Can Surrogacy be Ethical?" Renate Klein, ABC Religion and Ethics

This piece argues against the legalisation of commercial surrogacy in Australia.

It outlines the potential health effects of surrogacy on donors and the surrogate mother.  It rejects the idea of choice, saying that choice is not possible when a person cannot predict the effect of the drugs, the pregnancy and the birth on the woman.

iStock_89641305_SMALL.jpgThe article argues that it is also not a choice for the child to be separated from their birth mother.  The article poses the question as to whether Australia will need to apologise to children separated from their birth mothers in a similar vein to the apologies given to children of force adoption. 

The article also notes that there is no right to a child, commenting that a deep desire for a child does not justify the narcissistic exploitation of another woman's body and soul, as well as her health.

Read the article here.

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