The Point: Kim Kardashian Seeks Womb

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.

Resources

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hire Surrogate to Carry Third Child
  • Stephanie Petit | People.com | June 21, 2017

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  • jason taylor

    The closest thing to this recorded in the Bible is Sarah’s maid who was impregnated in the normal way as the relevant technology did not exist. But while the “yuck” instinct is a protection, it should not be mistaken for theology or moral philosophy in itself. As for instrumentalizing pregnancy, that ship has long sailed and it is hard to see that parents who want children for themselves but hire an extra parent to carry for them are a devolution from parents who wanted them to seal political or economic contracts as has long been and indeed still is the case. Furthermore a contract does not have to be just a contract but is likely to have all sorts of implications above and beyond the agreed exchange.

    In point of fact it might be well, if such things are going to be done, to let the surrogate stand as godmother or some similar crafted kinship status.

  • Jennifer

    I love the Break Point broadcasts, but I have to say I am also a bit disappointed in the lack of sensitivity to people dealing with infertility. Let’s set this article aside. Earlier this year, you criticized the 20s/30 something’s who are having kids later. Please do not assume that is by choice all the time. My hubby & I were married young, and we tried to start our family 3 years in while still in our 20s. But it would take us 7 years and one IVF cycle to succeed in having our child. We prayed hard throughout and we believe God orchestrated each step to bring our baby about in a most miraculous way while upholding the sanctity of life. We didn’t wake up and say, “Let’s wait for kids so that we can party and be irresponsible,” as the tone of the broadcast suggested. Now back to this article. While Kardashian’s reasons may not directly relate to infertility, there are women that can only have a child in this way. It is not your place to judge those decisions, which are intensely personal. God works in unusual, non-conventional ways, so why couldn’t He use surrogacy? I’m not saying it’s right for everyone, but if a couple prayerfully believes this is how God is leading them, they should not be condemned for desiring God’s biggest blessing (besides salvation). Infertility is becoming a huge issue in these times due to many toxins in food, household items, and the air we breathe. Please, at the very least, show more sensitivity to what is one of the most painful trials God can put a couple through. Consider acknowledging infertility as a factor in delayed childbirth for this generation and showing compassion for those dealing with it. Thank you.

  • AtTheCrossroads

    Whoa, sounds like several are missing The Point. As another person who struggled through infertility and had to make tough calls on when an “intervention” steps over the line of God’s will/design . . . I don’t see this article as a criticism of infertility treatment in general. The context in this case is “She has a uterine condition that makes pregnancy painful” . . . and I think it’s wise to examine the question of when surrogacy becomes . . . unwise.