Not the Jezebel* of the Bible, the iconally evil wife of King Ahab, but the website of the same name that posted Awful: Couple Ditches Baby with Down Syndrome with Thai Surrogate.
Like many others, Jezebel suffers from moral schizophrenia. The site is rabidly pro-abortion and therefore fully supportive of killing Down Syndrome children (or any other children) in the womb, as happens 90% of the time in our “tolerant, loving” culture. Read the comment thread if you don’t believe me. But they think it was “awful” that a couple paid for a child but wouldn’t accept him because of his Down Syndrome. That’s rather preachy, judgmental and moralistic of them, but I do agree with them on that point.
Some of the details, if you aren’t familiar with the story:
An anonymous Australian couple has ignited a huge controversy after abandoning a baby they had using a surrogate because he had Down syndrome and taking his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them. Because humanity just wasn’t insufferable enough.
But they would have had no issues if they had killed the boy in the womb, or even outside the womb via “partial-birth abortion,” aka infanticide.
Because commercial surrogacy is outlawed in Australia (though they may use an altruistic surrogate who does not receive any payment outside medical expenses), many couples seek options overseas to make things easier. Fertility clinics in places like Thailand and India have become hotspots as they are a much easier options for overseas parents-to-be and poorer Indian women can make a considerable amount of money from surrogacy.
There are many problems with surrogacy and I think it should be illegal. Sadly, many gays and lesbians use it to deliberately raise children without a mother and a father.
. . . When the agency informed the Australian couple, they said they were not going to take the boy and allegedly asked her to have an abortion—which she refused.
Good for the mother!
When she gave birth to the twins in December of last year, the agent took the healthy baby girl, and left her with the baby boy. Pattaramon claims that she has yet to be fully compensated by the agency. She has never met the Australian parents.
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“Why does he have to be abandoned while the other baby has it easy? I feel sorry for him. I don’t know what to do. I chose to have him, not to hurt him. I love him. He was in my tummy for nine months, it’s like my child. I treat him like my other children, never think you are not my child and I don’t care for you, never.”
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Thai officials have maintained that commercial surrogacy is illegal in the country despite the huge lack of regulation, and Australian groups are worried that Gammy’s story may lead to an intense crackdown or all-out ban on international surrogacy. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commented, calling the situation an “incredibly sad story,” saying, “I guess it illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular [surrogacy] business.”
“It’s a really sad story but not the first case we have seen in this area,” he said. “There have been recent tragic cases of foreign parents not accepting disabled children born through surrogacy.”
Pure moral schizophrenia. Would they kill the children if they became disabled outside the womb? Probably not. Yet.
* Side note: Whenever I hear of her I think of my youngest daughter’s comment about how it would be considered a rather pretty name if not for Jezebel’s over-the-top evil nature.