With the imminent surrogate birth of Kayne West and Kim Kardashian’s baby, the controversial issue of surrogacy** rears its head once again. Why controversial? First there are the ethical issues. Informing the child of their surrogate mother could have an effect on their self-identity. There is also an obligation for the mother to detach emotionally from the child after birth. Then there is the legacy of history that creates further issues. The American slave experience had features similar to surrogacy. Before the American Civil War, virtually all southern Black mothers were, in a sense, surrogate mothers. The slave mothers gave birth to children with the understanding that those children would be owned by others (slave masters). Back then slave women were also hired to play important de facto “mothering” roles, like a wet-nurse. It’s understandable why women in 2017 may see surrogacy as ‘modern day slavery’, or should they mentally “move on”? The desire to parent is a demand that must be met. By any means necessary?
MOCCA Mums what are your views on surrogacy?
** (Surrogacy is a method where a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person, who will become the child’s parent after birth)