It’s a day for a couple of short posts about non-controversial topics. (And I’ve finally read through all the comments, too.) A story surfaced this AM about arrests in an investigation of a baby-selling ring in Nigeria. It’s been in both the US and the UK press.
It seems that 32 pregnant teenagers were being held in a compound in Nigeria. When they gave birth, their children were to be sold to baby traffickers. The New York Times story actually calls it a “baby farm.” It doesn’t appear that those arrested participated in the process by which the young women became pregnant. Rather, they preyed on teenagers who were already pregnant, luring them with offers of help with unwanted pregnancies.
There’s some slight variation in the facts as reported in the different stories but the basic outlines seem pretty clear. I’m posting this really only to demonstrate that there are points where we all agree. I feel confident that this is across whatever lines we choose to draw.
For those who have raised consistent concerns about surrogacy or commodification or ART, that’s not so remarkable. But I’ve often been a voice for broader freedoms, greater flexibility and autonomy, and in the view of some of you, practices akin to slavery. I think that makes this story worth noting. Since I find the events described here appalling, I have to distinguish between them and other practices that I find acceptable.
I don’t actually consider that much of a challenge. There are so many things wrong with what was going on here. But I figured I’d post the links so that you all had this as potential material for later discussions.