This is the cruel logic of biological colonialism.
An Australian couple rented a Thai woman’s womb, and in due course, she delivered twins. But one of the babies has Down syndrome, and that just wouldn’t do.
So, they simply left the disabled baby behind with no means of support except the love of the surrogate mother, who apparently, was just a breeder to them. From the Washington Post story:
A Thai surrogate mother said Sunday that she was not angry with the Australian biological parents who left behind a baby boy born with Down syndrome, and hoped that the family would take care of the boy’s twin sister they took with them. Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand’s seaside town of Sri Racha, has had to take a break from her job to take care of her 7-month-old surrogate baby, named “Gammy,” who also has a congenital heart condition. The boy, with blond hair and dark brown eyes, is now being treated in a hospital for infection in his lungs.
Pattaramon said she met the Australian couple once when the babies were born and knew only that they lived in Western Australia state.
Pattaramon is too kind. Surrogacy is baby manufacturing and buying. Get a “defective product,” and just return it to the “manufacturer.”
I guess the biological parents would do anything to have a baby–except love their own child who didn’t meet their desired specifications. And splitting up twins, to boot.
The Thai government is moving to ban surrogacy from non-relatives. The sooner, the better.