Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Do Mothers Matter?"

Elizabeth Marquardt does an excellent job articulating the state of our current culture, which views motherhood as dispensable. It's at least implicit in the rise of egg donation and "gestational carriers" who provide opportunities for children to be born without present mothers. In fact, she points out that people are paying for this situation.

Or look to in India where, in 2005, a middle-aged accountant, Amit Banerjee, became that nation's first known single father by choice. His doctor enthused that the new father "was a perfect candidate for ART. As a physician I could not deny him the available technology that hundreds of childless couples are opting to fulfill their dreams of a family." A reporter asked, what about the child's loss of ever knowing his mother? The doctor replied with a question: "What about a child whose mother dies on the delivery bed?" In other words, some children already begin life under the gravely tragic circumstances of their mother dying in childbirth. Is it not the right of would-be parents intentionally to create such children -- and is it not the obligation of doctors to help them do it?

Read the brief article here.

1 comment:

  1. We seriously are choosing to create a generation that BEGINS with the traumas associated with tragic loss? As a woman who has been unable to bear a pregnancy to birth, my heart rages against this insanity. Fertility is NOT a disease, nor is motherhood ... and adamantly, insistently, NOR is womanhood. The biological norm is female (from which male distinction later emerges in utero) and fertile (from which infertility arises only as a manner of something insufficient or incompetent). I continue to be amazed that we are fighting our own biology as if it was wrongly made - as if being made in God's image was never the right one...