The Legislative Council will soon review the Surrogacy Amendment Bill (Human Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Amendment Bill 2018), designed to assist homosexual and single males to have the option of procuring a genetically related child through private surrogacy contracts.
If the bill is passed, the option of 'buying a womb' to address perceived reproductive injustices will be added to existing family formation options for men, that already allow them to adopt and foster.
Though the left's endless quest for equality, in this case through reproductive liberalisation, only ends up cannibalising itself in a relentless game of cat and mouse where the supposed reproductive rights of one group are pitched against the rights and well-being of others.
In circumventing the limits of biology, the process undermines the rights and health of women and children, while unjustly commodifying them. The right of men in search of a womb, is seen to legitimise the hire of women to become nothing more than disposable reproductive units, deemed irrelevant after the baby is born.
Yet of course there is no feminist outcry.
The cannibalising nature of liberal politics is not new. In fact, it seems as one minority group laments inequality and demands reparations for perceived injustice, another group becomes compromised in the process.
Is society ready to accept that biological women can be viewed by minority groups as mere breeders to placate this sense of biological denialism inherent in fringe politics? Not to mention the injustices inbuilt in international surrogacy agreements where vulnerable women from poorer economies are exploited in pursuit of a modern family.
Some may argue making contractual surrogacy agreements legal in WA lessens the exploitation of women from poor countries. In actuality, onshore surrogacy only exacerbates it globally and further demeans women, albeit bringing it closer to home.
Additionally, if women want to access a surrogacy service they do not have the same rights as men do. Instead, they must jump through a whole other set of more difficult legal hoops, ironically creating 'male privilege'. Men would have access to surrogacy merely by virtue of being male and wanting it.
Curiously however, feminist groups have been eerily quiet about the unfairness inherent in surrogacy law, which may actually violate Australian Sex Discrimination Law, leaving it wide open for a High Court Challenge.
Not only are women compromised within the surrogacy debate; the right of a child to a mother and father is effectively glossed over in favour of the almighty surrogacy dollar and accumulation of virtue signalling points.
Imagine carrying a child for nine months and enduring the trauma of birth only to have the newborn – who is entirely dependent on the mother - taken away and given to people who 'bought' the child.
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