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No One is Entitled to a Child, but Every Child Deserves Two Parents

June 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

For More Information: info@ruthinstitute.org

No One is Entitled to a Child, but Every Child Deserves Two Parents

In the June 15 New York Times article, “I Did I.V.F. Without a Partner. It Shouldn’t Have Been So Hard,” author Alicia Lombardini described the emotional burden and expense of getting pregnant alone at age 42 after having had two abortions.

Ruth Institute President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., responded, “Having a child is not an entitlement. Nor is it a right like freedom of speech or religion. Every child does, however, have a right to know his or her genetic identity and cultural heritage. All children have a right to a relationship with their natural mother and father, except for an unavoidable tragedy. Donor conception violates these rights of children.


“This is an avoidable tragedy that would not be possible without the collusion of medical professionals, insurance companies and most of all, the law. The law of parenthood says that the gamete donor is a legal stranger to the child. Without this legally enforceable promise of anonymity, no woman would purchase sperm from a sperm bank, and no man would make a deposit.

“The emotional costs for children growing up in a fatherless family are great,” Morse said. “They won’t have a male role model at home. They won’t experience a father’s love or learn the proper ways in which a husband and wife relate to each other. A child in a single-parent family is more likely to have emotional problems than their counterparts in two-parent homes.”

Morse continued: “Sometimes, single parenting is unavoidable. But for a woman to intentionally bring a child into the world with this burden is unconscionable.”

When the Ruth Institute launched its Fatherhood Resource Center earlier this month, Morse said, “From before birth, through the rest of the child’s life, fathers are essential to the well-being of their children.”

Katy Faust, Founder and Director of Them Before Us, added: “In stories like these, adult desire is conveniently framed as a ‘right.’ In this story, it’s Lombardini’s ‘right to be a mother.’ But, as is always the case, framing adult desires as ‘rights’ results in children losing their actual rights. In this case, it’s Lombardini’s son who is denied his right to be known, loved, and raised by his own father. No one has a right to parenthood, and no one owes you a child. Rather, all children have a right to their own mother and father.”

Faust’s book, Them Before Us, will receive the Book of the Year award at the Ruth Institute’s 4th Annual Survivors’ Summit, “Reclaiming the Professions for Life and Family,” July 16-17 in Lake Charles, LA.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact info@ruthinstitute.org.

 


Cuomo’s Surrogacy Law Ignores the Rights of Children

February 22, 2021

For Immediate Release

For More Information: media@ruthinstitute.org 

Cuomo’s Surrogacy Law Ignores the Rights of Children

“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Surrogacy law legalizes commercial, gestational surrogacy --- the buying and selling of newborns,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute. “We unequivocally deplore this law.”

Already in hot water over his alleged responsibility for COVID deaths in nursing homes, Cuomo refused to have the bill considered as stand-alone legislation. Instead, he had it buried in the state budget last April to avoid a debate. The new law took effect February 15.


“Gestational surrogacy is all about the rights of adults. The Governor’s self-congratulatory press release makes this very clear: he talks more about insurance than about the bonds between mothers and fathers and children,” Morse charged. “The announcement states that the surrogate has a right to health insurance provided by those renting her womb. The ‘parents’ have the right to purchase insurance to cover their financial losses in the event that the surrogate ‘fails to perform under the surrogacy contract.’ What exactly does ‘fail to perform’ mean? I suppose it means the mother wants to keep the baby.”

Morse continued, “The worst part of this bill is that rights of the child aren’t even alluded to. The child has no right to a relationship with his or her biological parents, whom the law callously refers to as ‘gamete providers.’ Let’s be clear: the ‘egg provider’ is the child’s genetic mother. The ‘sperm provider’ is the child’s genetic father. The child has no right to know his or her genetic identity and cultural heritage,” Morse observed. “The law specifically separates the child from these people.”

“And let’s be even more clear,” Morse continued. “The ‘surrogate’ is the child’s gestational mother, who carried the child in her womb for nine months. Civilized people believe it is a good thing for mothers to bond with their children in utero. The surrogacy industry, aided by the law, assures the ‘intended parents’ that the surrogate will not bond with the baby and will surrender the baby at birth.”

Morse further stated: “Supporters of surrogacy include the LGBT lobby, who refer to this law as providing ‘Family Equality.’ They want undisputed parental rights to the children they contract for, rights which can only be provided by government intervention. But Cuomo’s law creates inequalities among children: some children have a legally recognized right to know their genetic parents and others do not. The Ruth Institute categorically deplores surrogacy.”

For further background on the Cuomo surrogacy law, see:

Babies For Sale | Jennifer Lahl | First Things

Governor Cuomo passes legislation to ensure that children are legally denied rights to their mothers and fathers | Them Before Us

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives

The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact media@ruthinstitute.org.

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