Luna and the buyer "mother" who didn't want her
There was no attachment between the "client" woman and the child born from a rented womb. Out of "envious" rivalry towards the mother who gave birth to her. And because if you buy a child as something, you can always discard it. The case is just the tip of the iceberg of the complex relational dynamics that arise when you resort to this practice. And it is always the children who pay the highest price

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Luna, born from a rented womb, is a perfectly healthy baby.

THE second thoughts of “intentional parents” (this is how clients are normally called) generally happen when the little girl is born with some handicap. Few years ago the famous case of Gammy, suffering from Down syndrome and a heart malformation, born to a Thai "surrogate mother". The Australian clients collected only the "perfect product", a healthy twin, discarding the defective little brother. Despite the economic difficulties (otherwise she would not have lent herself to the practice) and despite having two children of her own, Pattharamon Janbua, "surrogate mother", kept Gammy with her.

In the fourth month of pregnancy the clients had asked her to have an abortion (in jargon surrogacy: embryonic reduction) after discovering that one of the two fetuses was a carrier of Trisomy 21. Janbua, a Buddhist, had refused for religious reasons.

Little Gammy, rejected by clients because he has Down syndrome, welcomed by his "surrogate" mother

When you market a human being, that being loses at least part of its status to become a sort of chimera between a human and an inanimate object. Which makes it easier to "terminate" the contract if the product is not perfect, as with any market transaction. There is for example an agency with registered office in Spain and clinics in Ukraine that in its contract de luxe provides for the possibility of a "new child" without further expenses if the "old child" dies in the first year of life. Like a washing machine under warranty, In short.

In Luna's case the dynamics were more complex. Born from a donated oocyte and from the sperm of the "intentional father", as very often in the case of Gpa with heterosexual clients, she was rejected by the wife of the man who had no genetic or epigenetic (pregnancy) connection with the child. The attachment, therefore, did not arise. A fact that can painfully happen even in the case of a natural human mother or of other species, for partly indisputable reasons. A dynamic which, however, in the case of an "intentional mother" is complicated by other factors: 1. la lack of a biological bond with the creature, in addition to the fact of not having carried out the pregnancy 2. one “envious” rivalry against the woman who gave birth to her husband's biological daughter, when she was unable to do so 3. the commercial level on which the affair took place, which by making it a "commodity" the little girl authorizes her to think of it and treat it as a thing without particular hesitations.

Luna's sensational case is probably only the visible tip of the iceberg of complex relational dynamics that arise when buying a child from a woman in need.

As is written in a beautiful ruling of the Constitutional Court which reiteratescand the ban, the uterus for rent “seriously undermines human relations”.

And the real price is paid by the children.

Marina Terragni

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