Preying Upon the Desperate

One of the on-going debates is paying people to donate their organs, to serve as surrogate parents, to give up eggs or sperm and to be human guinea pigs to test new medications. 

 Two related topics surfaced in my reading this week.  The first topic is the flourishing surrogate parenting market in China where poor women are sought out and paid to be surrogate mothers for the wealthy.  Two stories worth reviewing: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/world/asia/china-experiences-a-booming-black-market-in-child-surrogacy.html?_r=0

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/835574-the-dark-side-of-giving-childless-couples-babies-in-china/

 As a caveat to the theme of surrogacy, Thailand is outlawing surrogacy in the aftermath of stories about an abandoned Thai surrogate mother and her child with Down syndrome and the Japanese man who claims to have fathered 13 babies through Thai surrogate mothers.  Read more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/13/us-thailand-surrogacy-lawmaking-idUSKBN0GD0SM20140813

 The second story is about the homeless being paid to serve as human lab rats to test medications: https://medium.com/matter/did-big-pharma-test-your-meds-on-homeless-people-a6d8d3fc7dfe

About Bob F.

Born in Pleasanton, CA on October 5, 1956 and raised primarily in Lake Geneva, WI. I am the oldest of four sons to my parents, Bob and Helen Fleischmann who presently live next door to me in rural Wisconsin. I am an ordained Lutheran minister and I serve as the national director of Christian Life Resources.
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