The practice of bearing a child on behalf of another woman. This is
surrogate motherhood. Is it considered immoral? By some, yes. In some
countries it is bannedand in others it is promoted or up for consideration.
In recent days, the issue of "right and wrong" has surfaced in the midst of
this argument, sharing different meanings to the opposing sides. To some, it is
right only for the woman who brings forth life to raise the child; for it is
deemed that she is the only one fit to be the child's mother. Clearly, we must
indeed recognize this side of the argument.
But to those with that viewpoint, that is the end of the argument. They do
not see any reason for the issue to be continued further; rather, to end the
debate and declare anyone who disagrees to lack morals or values.
But have those who preach this anti-surrogate moralism ever experienced what
it would be like to be those on the other side of this issue? Suppose, for a
moment, that they were the ones who were incapable of having children. Would
they condemn themselves the way that they condemn others if they were in another
predicament? It is surely easy to say what one would do in any situation, but
one can never know exactly what they would do until that situation comes.
How many of you have ever held a small child in your arms and looked into its
small eyes and felt the love that you had for it. Perhaps it was a younger
sibling, perhaps even a child of your own. You know how much that you love that
little one. And of course, you all know how much the child's mother loves it.
What must it be like, I ask you, to be a mother or a father and know that you
will never have a son or a daughter to hold and call your own? Knowing that you
will never be able to raise a child and love it must be a terrible nightmare for
any caring and decent person who wishes to have a child. What is wrong then,
with having a woman give birth to a child that she cannot care for... [continues]
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