I’m giving the octuplets the day off. No doubt there will be more to say about that tomorrow or the next day. But meanwhile, there aer a couple of smaller points I wanted to make.
This from today’s New York Times. This is what commodification of children looks like. I think it might be important to keep that in mind. I do see that there is some similarity between selling a child and selling sperm (see the comment by Nelly here). In a general way, both are about commodification of reproduction. But I also think they are quite different.
At the very least, perhaps we can agree that there’s a spectrum. Selling the kids (or trading them for a bird) is far more broadly (I’m tempted to wish it were universally) unacceptable. Surrogacy falls someplace in between sperm (and egg) donation and outright sale of children.