The video above is a trailer for a new documentary titled Breeders: A Subclass of Women? The film takes a critical look at the issue of surrogacy and how the practice turns babies and women into commodities. Here’s a description from the film’s website:
Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?
The trailer includes excerpts from the different experts interviewed in the film. A single sentence from one of the interviewees stood out. Take note of the radical redefinition of family implied by this statement:
A family is love. Long gone are the days where we have a mom and a dad and two children.
The context of this statement is unclear, but it sounds like it’s coming from someone who has completely embraced the new social reality. The family has been fundamentally redefined so that it no longer necessarily involves a mom and a dad and whatever children they bear. It is simply loosely identified as a group of people who love each other. If that loose association wants to rent out a woman’s womb—and perhaps someone else’s eggs and sperm—that should be of no concern. The natural biological connection between parents and children is arbitrary and morally insignificant.
Our culture has been working for decades now to separate sex from the natural consequence of childbirth. This has not been a good experiment in my view and has had many widespread deleterious effects. Surrogacy is but one more sad consequence of separating marriage from sex and sex from childrearing. Such disjunctions have become the norm in our day, but perhaps this film will cause people to reconsider the technologies that have enabled this revolution.
(HT: Frank Turk)