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A child is a gift from God not a right.

Janisiya Srithar

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of Surrogacy

Secular View on Surrogacy
There are various of advantages to couples pursuing gestational surrogacy including:

• The donor parents are directly and genetically related to the
child in the surrogates uterus

• The surrogate will feel less attached to the baby since the baby
is not hers

• There will be less chances for a lawsuit since the baby is
genetically related to the donor parents

• The donor parents can attend every appointment and treatments
the surrogate mother has to have and can be very close or not
close at all with their surrogate

• Once the birthing process has finished the parents have all the
right to take the baby and leave because the baby is theirs and
there is no connection to the surrogate mother from there on

• Finally if there are any lawsuits there would be less chances that
the surrogate would win/have the child because documents and
signatures have already been signed and stated so things don’t
go down the wrong path.

Our Opinion on Surrogacy
We believe that a child should come from the fruit from a marriage. It’s considered as a gift from God and we should not play Gods role. On the contrary, there are many couples in need of their own child's love and if there is a way of achieving by having the resources not take advantage of that. While certainly moral issues are important to follow and abide by, it is difficult to judge anyone unless or until they "have walked a mile in the other person's shoes."

Traditional Surrogacy
: In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor. The surrogate's own egg will be used, thus she will be the genetic mother of the resulting child.
What is the Catholic View on Surrogacy?
Her Body My Baby
"INFERTILITY AFFECTS 7.3 million people in the United States, according to Resolve, an advocacy organization for people who are infertile." (Kuczynski, 2008)
The Best Friend
"Elif says: 'I was 18 when I learned I was born without a womb. When Gerry and I got together ten years ago, I told him straight away." (Goldwin & Nicholas, 2013)

"My greatest fear was that I wouldn't bond with my baby, but when the nurse handed him to me that vanished in an instant. "

"I love Elif and it was heartbreaking to think she might miss out on having a family. I've already got a boy and a girl so I knew I wouldn't want to keep another baby."

"It was very emotional, but my feelings weren't of loss that I'd handed over a baby, rather of pride that I'd transformed a friend's life. Now when I see Mason I view him as my friend's boy - I don't feel in any way that he's mine - but while I love all my friends' children, there's a special place in my heart for him."

Relating Surrogacy to
the Story of Abraham and Sarah
Gestational Surrogacy
: In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother has no genetic ties to the offspring. Eggs and sperm are extracted from the donors and in vitro fertilized and implanted into the uterus of the surrogate.
In Vitro Fertilization

:IVF is the process by which eggs are removed from ovaries and mixed with sperm in a laboratory culture dish. Fertilization takes place in this dish, “in vitro”, which means “in glass” and then implanted in a woman’s uterus.
Artificial Insemination
: It is a procedure where, sperm is extracted and is inserted directly into a woman's cervix, fallopian tubes, or uterus. This makes the trip shorter for the sperm and bypasses any possible obstructions to achieve fertilization.
: The state of being unable to produce an offspring. In a woman it is the inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
What is Surrogacy?
A woman who bears a child on behalf of a couple unable to have a child, either by artificial insemination from the man or implantation of an embryo from the woman.
By: Keerthana and Janisiya
“The surrogates are happier, because they don’t want to have a genetic connection to the baby, and the legal issues are much clearer.”
“You know, the church frowns on science babies.” Alex writes that his comment is misguided “the miracle of [her baby’s] existence speaks to the generosity of humanity — and to the magical, unified coordination of more than a dozen people in the act of his creation.” Surrogacy gave them a baby boy who they thought they would never have, surrogacy gave them hope and in the end surrogacy proved to be the best choice they have made."
What the Vatican States Concerning Surrogacy
"Every human being is always to be accepted as a gift and blessing of God. However, from the moral point of view a truly responsible procreation with regard to the unborn child must be the fruit of marriage." ( Joseph, 2001)
Explanation on the Catholic's View
The Catholic Church is pro-life, and this not only means “not killing” and “actively supporting” life, but it also means being open to new life as well.

However, the Church wants to push back against our culture’s understanding that children can be created with technology and distributed via a market. Children are to come as a gift from God via a sexual relationship — instead of being procured as a product or thing.

Any reproductive procedure that involves something other than aiding sex and pregnancy within the context of a married couple permanently committed to being the parents of this child together is something the Church insists misses the mark.

This includes everything from creating a child in a laboratory to the use of another person as a surrogate to carry the child through pregnancy.

The fact that some of us will not be able to be biological parents is a painful issue, but the Church claims this is one of the hard truths that we must endure if we believe that children are gifts with their own inherent dignity .
How Surrogacy Can Go Wrong
Article 1
Lilly Smith, left, offered to be a surrogate mum for her friend Elif Tuccaroglu, right, carrying Mason, two, after she found out Elif had been born without a womb
Article 2
Many view infertility as a medical condition and like many medical conditions we think we can fix it through science, however until anyone has actually faced the reality of not being able to have a child and deal with the emotional aspect of it including their friends and families reactions and inputs on what they think they should do, it is difficult to get a feel for how truly devastating this situation can be and how much of a miracle it would be when a child is born of surrogacy.

"With this in mind, those who act as surrogate mothers are performing a truly needed service [while there are those who are just in it for money], to those whose lives will be forever changed when they are finally able to hold and love a child of their very own." (Modern Family Surrogacy Center, 2013)
Genesis 15-17& 21
The use of surrogate mothers to bear children for couples who are unable to conceive is a process that is thousands of years old. This is proven through the story of Abraham and his covenant with God in the book of Genesis.

In the case of Abraham (Abram) and Sarah (Sarai), Sarah was unable to conceive for a long time so Sarah told Abraham to have a child with her servant, Hagar for the fear of him not having any children even though God had said in Abrahams' vision “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”( Gen 15:5).

Abraham and Sarah were impatient and doubted Gods words that they will have a child, due to their age (Sarah 75 Abraham 85) and Sarah being unable to conceive all her married life. Hagar birthed Abraham a child, Ishmael, when Abraham was 86 years old.

Basically in the end surrogacy was not ideal since it caused jealously, disagreement, and hate in the family and most importantly separation. Not only separation within the family but also within religion (Judaism and Muslims). Muslims believe that Muhammad was the descendant of Ishmael.

Although surrogacy is found in the bible there is no evidence in the bible to prove that God gave permission for Abraham to have a child using a surrogate.God did not condone the practice of surrogacy.

Yes God did say be fruitful and multiply but you can get the sense that surrogacy wasn’t really the option since the covenant was only made with Abraham and his son Isaac whom he had with Sarai (Sarah).

The outcome of having a child with Hagar was not the same as having it with Sarah since God said the covenant would only be established though Isaac (he’s the seed of the covenant) and not Ishmael, but Ishmael was blessed by God. Domestically there was a lot of tension, heartache, and hatred between the women and as a result in the end Hagar and Ishmael were separated from their family.

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