Sunday, April 21, 2013

Baby as Disposable Consumer Product

The horror stories emanating from Philadelphia as a result of the trial of Kermit Gosnell continue to shock and awe people in the United States, regardless of the well documented refusal of the mainstream media to give the trial attention.

It is alleged that Gosnell was performing late-term abortions and resorted to outright murder to dispose of babies that survived the abortion procedures.

It is crucial that as we face the horrors of the Gosnell trial, we do not forget that what made his reign of depravity possible is the same trend that has allowed Americans to look with indifference on gestational surrogacy, insemination, and the buying of babies.

The march from self-empowerment to genocidal tyranny is frighteningly subtle. What began as the assertion of women's rights over their own bodies transitioned into a larger philosophy about the role of children in a free society. To argue that women had a right to abortion on demand, feminists had to put forward a frigid, hellish philosophy about human life that held that the unborn child was no more than a cluster of flesh to be placed at the disposal of adults.

The rhetorical sleights that were necessary to justify abortion were legion: "The baby can't live on its own," "there's nothing recognizable in it that looks human, so it isn't human yet," and "the liberty of the adults who conceived the child trumps the right of the gestating child to exist." Also, many believed it was better to place unborn children out of their misery by erasing them before they had the unfortunate chance to be born into an imperfect world full of suffering.

While Philadelphia hemorrhaged wailing infants being murdered by a cold-blooded abortionist, India and territories in the former Soviet Union boomed with a new industry -- the baby farm.

In earlier posts, I have provided links to information about the lucrative trade in surrogate mothers and eggs, especially in India. See here and here. While I was in Paris, however, I was able to connect with Claire de la Hougue, a human rights attorney who is also involved in tracing and documenting baby farms in the Ukraine and Georgia.

While infertile and homosexual couples return to the United States from their "reproductive tourism" with rosy-faced infants borne by surrogate mothers, the reality of the trade is far more sinister. Surrogate mothers are lured into contracts, sometimes under deceptive pretexts, and once they are impregnated, they are kept in prison-like barracks and monitored 24 hours a day.

As I have documented in previous posts, gay groups like the Human Rights Coalition have explicitly advised gay couples, and created a legal infrastructure for them, to evade laws against buying babies. They have come up with a tactic of using eggs from a female donor and implanting the eggs in a different woman's womb, which allows for there to be "no legal mother" in the event that the surrogacy contract is challenged. In order to satisfy the demand of gay couples to have children this way, the HRC is therefore providing advice about how to engage in "legal" human trafficking.

It is crucial that people interested in human rights see the link between abortion and the baby business as twin symptoms of the deeper injustice -- what some have called "Third Millennium Slavery," the view of children as soulless disposable products to be consumed or discarded at the will of paying adults.