Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says there are problems that come with surrogacy and suggests that Christians should instead turn to adoption or foster care when faced with infertility.
Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Gospel Coalition video that he often receives questions from Christians trying to think through issues of surrogacy.
“I think one of the reasons why evangelical Christians are sometimes confused about this is because leaders or pastors will say, ‘There’s no passage of Scripture that speaks directly to issues of surrogacy,’” he said.
While that’s true, it’s important to have a “whole biblical approach’ to human dignity, child-bearing, and family, Moore explained.
“We also need to understand that often the reason people are drawn to surrogacy is that we haven’t had very good or extensive teaching about infertility,” he continued. “Often, there will be couples who are going through the pain and heartbreak of infertility and they don’t hear those sorts of issues being addressed. Maybe, in a best-case scenario, there’s an infertility support group, but that’s all.”
When that happens, the “only people that they actually have talking to them with compassion or with direction are those who have a financial stake in moving toward some of these extreme reproductive technologies.”
The father of five went on to highlight why surrogacy should be avoided by Christians, the first being that it “severs the one-flesh union that God has designed as being the place where children are born.”
“It’s what turns children into a product or commodity rather than a gift. And I think that really ought to be significant for us,” he explained.
Moore argued that surrogacy also exploits people — particularly the poor in third-world countries.
“One can look around and see what’s happening all around the world where women in India, for instance, and often in extreme poverty are being driven into surrogacy arrangements,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett