For the Sake of Family: When Technology and Ethics Cross

The confluence of advanced technology, adoration of the family and the availability of Third-World women to supply our needs creates a tough ethical problem.

It’s a story that during normal times would have attracted a lot of attention here. A baby was born with Down syndrome in Thailand to a surrogate mother, and his biological parents have abandoned him. It made news around the world. His parents are Australians who promised a relatively small sum to the young Thai surrogate and then pressured her to have an abortion in her seventh month of pregnancy,...