Today, the news is a-buzz with howls of protest, that a gay man has fertilised the egg of an anonymous, donor mother, which was implanted into the womb of his own mother, who carried the child to term, as a surrogate mother.
What would Martin “First they came for the Jews” Niemoller say, if he was alive today? Perhaps this?
First, using secret courts, they removed natural fathers and mothers from the lives of children who had known those fathers and mothers from birth. But we were not those children’s parents, so we did nothing. “There must be a reason”, we thought (if we even noticed).
Next they invented sperm banks, so that single women-and-girls could have children who would never know their fathers. But we were no longer children ourselves, and our empathy failed again. We did nothing, apart from continuing to pay our taxes, which were now funding this child abuse.
IVF and surrogacy was invented. This enabled single men to father children with anonymous, egg-donating mothers. Mothers whom their sons and daughers would never meet. But once again we did nothing.
In the name of equality, men who have sex with men, and women who have sex with women, were allowed to adopt the children that “they” (the authorities) had been ripping from their natural parents for decades. But we didn’t want to be called bigots. Still we did nothing.
We read many a touching story about a kind mother who had carried her own daughter’s foetus for her, as a surrogate mother, as well as being the a maternal grandmother of the child in her womb. We could see nothing wrong with this either. Rather we said, “Aah, isn’t that sweet? Isn’t that noble? Women and girls helping one another, so sacrificially!” We did nothing, of course.
Finally, a “gay” man’s sperm fertilised the donated egg of the anonymous genetic mother whom his child would never meet, and his own mother carried that child to term, in her own womb. (This, we thought, wasn’t at all sweet or noble of her, for some reason. She was surrogate mother to her son’s baby (and a donor mother’s), not her daughter’s baby (and that of a donor father). This gender-switch in the facts changed everything!) As one, we decided not to do nothing, for a change. Oh no, not this time! We must rise up! We must stand up against this evil!
Alas, we discovered, as we tried to stand up, by this stage we no longer had a leg left to stand on.