Objectifying Birth Mothers as “Gestational Carriers”

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC

I thought that language which dehumanized women was supposed to be verboten. But in the procreation as manufacture world of IVF, surrogate mothers, who used to be known as birth mothers, are now called “gestational carriers.” As in the recent birth of a child for Nicole Kidman and her husband by a surrogate birth mother. From the story:

The couple announced on Monday the arrival of Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, born on Dec 28 at a Nashville, Tennessee, hospital. Kidman and Urban released a statement saying they are “truly blessed” and thanked everyone for their support, “our gestational carrier” in particular.

Gestational carriers. Gestational carriers. I am still trying to get my mind around that. It doesn’t even sound human.

I am reminded of Dune’s “axlotl tanks,” which are women who are lobotomized and then their bodies used as gestational carriers for clones. Now, surrogates mothers aren’t lobotomized, of course. But they are being objectified.

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