A fascinating and very relevant question concerning ‘the products of gestation’ as Nicole Kidman likes to term it and the relationship to ‘the gestational carrier’ of the child, who is seen as ‘a gift’ and clearly is not given the high costs of surrogacy. The term can only be meant as a commodifier, the purpose of which is to distance the surrogate mother from the child and the expensive transaction undertaken only by those who can afford it and have been able to divorce their decisions and actions from any possible effects on the child and the mother, both immediate and in the future. Whoever the contributors are of egg and sperm, the relationship of foetus to the surrogate mother who births the child must ensure that separation after birth causes trauma and loss issues and damage for the child, as in adoption.
Were there no relationship between carrier and foetus the pregnancy would not survive, nor would a live birth be the outcome. Anyone with a basic knowledge of biology and mammalian reproduction would understand this. It is to be hoped that we will see more and more explorations of these questions in future – for the sake of the children and their future well-being. Another example of where medical science fails to allow ethics and moral considerations to be uppermost, as they should be.
One of the many options in creating a child these days is that of surrogacy and donor sperm. This option – like adoption – is lauded as a valid and valuable way to “create a family”. Also similar to adoption, the kids that are created in this way are frequently described as gifts – thus negating their status as human beings, and instead consigning their existence to nothing more than a commodity to be handed over to their purchaser/s.
In accordance with adoptees, there are many donor conceived off-spring blogs springing up that echo the losses adoptees face, however, this post is less about those more usually expressed losses, and more to do with something that has been niggling me of late.
One of the posts over at the 7rin-on-adoption repository links to research that confirms the existence of cell migration from the embryo to the gestating carrier. While…
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