February 26, 2024

One hundred surrogate babies?

Critiques of surrogacy generally centre on the welfare of the baby or the welfare of the gestating mother. Very seldom do they interrogate the motivations of the commissioning parents. But there are some very odd cases. A couple of years ago, wealthy Japanese businessman Mitsutoki Shigeta secured custody of 13 children he had fathered with Thai surrogate mothers. Apparently he just wanted a big family.

From Georgia comes our lead story about another wealthy man and his wife, Galip and Christina Ozturk, who also want a big family. The number 105 has been mentioned. They already have 10, plus children from previous relationships. How do we think through this?

Michael Cook   

Michael Cook
A modest proposal from Georgia