June 1, 2013 at 7:11 AM
The surrogacy industry
Women are not forced into surrogacy
Columnist Kathleen Parker portrays surrogacy as a business in which women are commoditized as ovens, and views surrogacy as an exploitation of vulnerable women [“The surrogacy industry quagmire,” Opinion, May 28].
If you can choose whom you fall in love with based on what traits you find desirable in another person, then you have every right to choose what traits you find desirable in a surrogate.
No woman is forced into surrogacy; sure, some women may find it more desirable given the compensation, but it is still a choice.
Parker refers to surrogacy as a way of “bartering and selling babies-to-order,” but the topic of her column is surrogacy, not designer children. If Parker had been writing about designer children, then I would agree that choosing specific genes that a child will be born with violates many human rights. But surrogacy does not violate any human rights in my eyes; there are still genetic decisions left up to the inner workings of the human body.
The ability that we as women have to create human life is precious, and if given the chance — under the right circumstances — I would definitely be a surrogate.
McKenzie Selden, Bellingham
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