The French Got It Right on Surrogacy
from Yahoo News:
France’s top court refused Wednesday to allow French citizenship for 10-year-old twin girls born to a surrogate mother in the United States, in a ruling that affirmed France’s legal ban on surrogacy.
In a case straddling international legal rights and bioethics, the Court of Cassation ruled a California county went too far by ruling that a French couple are legally the twins’ parents.
“Surrogacy is also banned outright in most European countries, including Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland. But the French have articulated the reasons for this rejection most eloquently”:
from Red State Feminists:
It is a fundamental principle of French law that the human body is inviolable, and no part of it can be treated like property. In its decision, the Conseil d’État reasoned that since altruistic surrogates usually receive some form of stipend, and since the nature of the relationship between the intended parents and the birth mother is necessarily contractual, then, in essence, surrogacy is a transaction, which treats the child like an object and the surrogate mother’s body like a commodity. This is a concern echoed by other French critics, such as philosopher Sylviane Agacinski, who view the practice as degrading, by definition. “To solely use [a woman's] belly is contrary to dignity,” she told the left-leaning website Rue89, “even if no money changes hands, because it places the very existence of one human being at the service of another.