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An Australian couple employed a surrogate to carry a baby for them. This was a paid role. When the twins were born they took the girl home to Australia from Indonesia and refused to accept the boy who was born with Downs Syndrome

Aug 1st 2014 new

People like that have no right to be parents.

Being a parent means accepting a child -- a person -- for who he is. Not condoning what he does, but being content with his looks, talent, personality, no matter what they are.

Aug 1st 2014 new
(quote) Claire-247015 said:

An Australian couple employed a surrogate to carry a baby for them. This was a paid role. When the twins were born they took the girl home to Australia from Indonesia and refused to accept the boy who was born with Downs Syndrome

The couple was acting consistently throughout, in accordance with the view that childbearing can be reduced to a commercial transaction, with implied warranties that the goods will be fit for the purposes for which they're purchased. The good libertarian will draw from this case the lesson that the warranties should be made explicit in the surrogacy agreement...that will do away with any lingering ethical problems.
Aug 1st 2014 new
What happened to the boy with Downs Syndrome?
Aug 1st 2014 new
(quote) Claire-247015 said:

An Australian couple employed a surrogate to carry a baby for them. This was a paid role. When the twins were born they took the girl home to Australia from Indonesia and refused to accept the boy who was born with Downs Syndrome

This is a sad case, Claire, and quite the ethical dilemma. According to some of the stuff that I have read on the internet, the surrogate mother was told to abort the Down's twin earlier in the pregnancy. Her Buddhist beliefs did not allow her. Fortunately, many are compassionate, and she has received thousands in donations for the medical care of the infant with Down's Syndrome who has very serious heart-lung problems. I hope that this case brings to international light the need for heightened ethical and legal attention to the surrogacy issue.
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