Thursday, October 27, 2011
That's waaay more than "surrogacy"
Wow. This BioEdge article, somewhat tamely titled "Surrogacy thrives in China, despite illegality," includes the following shocker: "[One s]urrogacy agency promised an undercover reporter posing as a customer that for 1 million yuan (US$150,000), the company would enlist 5-7 surrogate mothers and impregnate them with the customer’s sperm all at once, solely to ensure that at least one baby is a boy...[F]emale foetuses who are not wanted are aborted. If all babies are girls, the mothers have to keep getting pregnant after abortions....In the more likely situation that two or more babies are male, the customer chooses a mother to carry the foetus to term, and the other babies are aborted." I'm generally pro-choice and pro-surrogacy. But this industrial-model combination of bodily commodification and the callous routinization of abortion as a form of manufacturing quality control (where "quality" is maleness) is just evil.