The Corner

Children Aren’t Consumer Goods: A Series

One of the under-appreciated aspects of the old-fogey traditionalist Christian conception of parenthood (conception of conception?) is that by insisting upon the inherent relationship between procreative inputs and procreative outputs it avoids reducing human beings to mere instruments of others’ desires. 

For an idea of what the opposite looks like, consider this case of a surrogate mother being pressured to abort unwanted triplets. Consider the moral condition of a society capable of producing this sentence: “The intended parents claimed a provision in their contract gave them the right to order an abortion.” 

This reminds me of one of the footnotes in David Foster Wallace’s “Datum Centurio,” a short story in the form of an imaginary dictionary entry (for the word “date”) from the future: “Cf. Catholic dogma, perverse vindication of.” 

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