Sunday, 13 February 2011

Parental rights and wrongs

Three's a crowd
The recent story about another surrogacy arrangement that has failed as the birth mother refused to hand over the baby after discovering (during the  pregnancy) that the father was physically abusive to his wife. The surrogate mother acted responsibly by being concerned about the kind of family environment the baby would grow up in. Rightly so since this is one of the most worrisome aspects of surrogacy. Can you be sure that the couple receiving this child are fit parents? In fact, given the state of the world, how many parents are fit for the purpose?

My view is that good parents are few and far between. There are great many parents who, emotionally, have not reached maturity and perhaps never will! The children of today are being raised by overgrown children themselves! It seems misguided that medical science pioneers new techniques in the creation of progeny but it is left to society to deal with the backlash of the poorly parented in-vitro fertilised offspring. According to political correctness we can all be parents, naturally or not, regardless of our lifestyles and life choices. The most horrific scenario being that two long term drug users can have access to IVF and surrogacy with no thought as to the disadvantage suffered by the child.

Bringing a child into the world is a privilege and a huge responsibility. It is a human right but a delicate one.
We cannot all produce babies as a right in the way that we all cannot buy a Mercedes Benz.
Fashion accessories?
 A baby is not a cute accessory for the ego. They are tiny people who need constant love, attention and opportunties for growth and development. It is wrong to bring a child into the world for the sake of vanity and it may reduce some of the insanity to apply restraint.

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