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Sir Elton John’s surrogate gives birth to his second child

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  1. Suddenly Last Bummer 10 Jan 2013, 5:59pm

    Their nanny is gonna have her hands full. I’m sure Elton and David are impeccable fathers for the 30 minutes a week they see their children.

  2. I wish them well but I do think Elton is too old at 65. I lost one parent at 60 and the other at 67. I was in my 20’s but this baby could be much younger.

  3. Sadly, I don’t think that Elton and David are doing us any favours.

    It would be great to provide a loving home by adopting a child that would otherwise end up in an institution or have a very poor quality of life, but I’m uncomfortable with the idea of (presumably) paying a stranger to conceive a child and (presumably) having no further contact with it.

    Commercial surrogacy makes prostitution seem almost respectable ! Presumably they went to California because it would be illegal for it to be offered here.

    It just seems wrong for a child to be deliberately created and deprived of its mother, just for the gratification of two rich adults.

    What sort of mother could do that, and how will they explain to the child that the mother he / she will (presumably) never meet was only interested taking the money, and didn’t care how he / she grew up?

    The only time I can see surrogacy being justified is when someone is infertile and a sister or close family friend offers non-commercial help.

    1. At least the mother will then be around to follow the child’s progress at it grows up, and hopefully when it’s time to break the news that ‘Auntie Joan’ or someone equally familiar is really their mother, then it won’t be too much of a shock.

      I fear this could all end in tears. It will also hand the Mail/Telegraph/RCC/CoE/UKIP etc the best ammunition against gay marriage that they could ever wish for. That doesn’t mean that we should consider appeasing the bigots before deciding what’s right and wrong, but it certainly won’t help the cause of Equal Marriage one iota.

      Sorry if this rant makes for uncomfortable reading; I don’t have any problem with gay parenting, it’s just the commercial surrogacy aspect that seems so wrong and I think we have to recognise this.

  4. Congratulations! Straight people have been using surrogates forever so gay people should have every opportunity to create a family too.

  5. gentlemind 12 Jan 2013, 7:12am

    The mother is not a surrogate mother: she is the mother full stop. If Sir Elton is the father, then David Furnish can only accurately be described as being…the surrogate mother ie somebody standing in in place of the child’s mother.

    Sadly, it is seldom mentioned in the marriage debate that law gives marriage (and no other relationship) as the right to “marry and found a family”. Hence the proliferation of surrogacy in places that have chosen to extend the right to found a family to a relationship other than one man and one woman. As somebody said: gay men and women are not responsible for today’s generation of fatherless or motherless children, but they will be responsible for the next generation.

    I do not believe for a second that gay men and women wish this to be the bitter legacy of their otherwise just and hard-fought social freedoms.

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