March 21, 2008

Primetime Bioethics: Surrogacy on Fox

Glorification of multiple sexual partners, mocking of Christianity, trivializing of relationships, comedic gynecological visits....these are a few ways Fox is participating in our culture's affair with unfettered sexuality and science. The show is The Return of Jezebel James and is about the lives of 2 sisters, one who has a career as an editor with Harper Collins children's book division and the other who seems to be wondering life aimlessly and unable to make the simplest of decisions, except the one to carry her sister's child. Sarah is the sister unable to have her own child, given the options only to adopt, hire a surrogate, etc. This is the first time in her life she's been confronted with any serious challenge to getting what she wants, so she is able to profit from her sister Coco's lack of focus and rent her womb.

We are way past the point of asking what's become of this world, we can only inquire as to how we, as caretakers of God's creation, can participate in the restoration of a view of humanity that respects the dignity inherent with being created in the image of God. Correcting society's view of human dignity is fundamental to addressing the particulars of society, whether the issues are as basic as our treatment of each other in our families, work, and other relationships, or the very serious bioethics issues of our time that violate human dignity to the extent of compromising life.

While television is indoctrinating the intellectually vulnerable about how to treat one another, those who hold a strong view of human dignity need to work hard to have as much impact on the people around them. This is a high spiritual calling that belongs to the Church.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

I agree with you 100% and now with a new movie coming out that looks like it's supposed to be a comedy but I fear it's just another attempt at trivializing surrogacy and how desperate Intended Parents can be.

I have been a Gestational Carrier twice and an agency owner matching women who volunteer to carry another woman's child. It certainly is not what the media portray! Hopefully more will speak out about the realities of being a surrogate or needing a carrier...Thank YOU for speaking out!

Sharon LaMothe
Infertility Answers
www.InfertilityAnswers.org
http://infertilityanswers.typepad.com/surrogacy_101/