Not that you were keeping up with the Kardashians, but… For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
I’ve talked before about the ethical problems of surrogacy. The idea of renting a womb turns motherhood and birth into commercial transactions. And it turns children into a kind of product over which adults have a right.
That culturally-embedded narcissism is evident in reality star Kim Kardashian West. She has a uterine condition that makes pregnancy painful, but still wants more kids. So, reports People magazine, Kim plans to hire a surrogate, or possibly ask her sister, Khloe, to carry her baby.
Now notice how adoption isn’t even on the table here. The attitude is, we want more biological kids so we have a right to more biological kids. The end justifies any means necessary to bring them into the world. In the case of surrogacy, those means include a commercial transaction that treats women like factories and children like products, and usually includes discarded embryos.
Not that we have to tell ourselves not to imitate Kim Kardashian but…let’s not imitate Kim Kardashian.