No, No! Don’t Sell Babies!

Danielle Lippert, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The state of Washington is in the process of of legalizing “commercial surrogacy.” The statement is as scary as it sounds.

When I first heard about this, I thought for sure it was a hoax. It was another “fake news” story. How could a state be okay with this? Upon further research, I found the ugly truth. It was true.

Commercial surrogacy gives parents permission to sell their babies as long as it is done before the baby is born. Essentially Washington is legalizing selling babies.

Right now it’s just selling the babies before they are born, but how soon is it before it is upped to selling babies after they are born and, later, toddlers?

I’ve been taught my whole life about how sacred life is. I often heard my mom say the same phrase, “Every baby is a miracle.” From that, and as I grew up, I always remembered how important every person’s life is. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a purpose.

The whole concept of selling babies just doesn’t sit right with me, and I’m having a hard time realizing that it’s okay with other people.

I read an article on the law passing and one quote really hit me hard. One member of the state senate said “no” because they did not want the womb being “monetized and commercialized.”

Having a baby is such a precious thing for so many families, and this law is turning this beautiful happening into another thing people can buy.

In a world where you can buy almost everything, it hurts to know babies are being added to that list.

The article also pointed out the same fear I had: once you start selling something, it’s hard to stop.

This is another situation where the ends don’t justify the means. There are other ways to get a child besides selling one. Adoption and foster care are always an option. The process of buying a baby just doesn’t feel right.

The bill passed through the Washington House of Representatives with total Democratic support and no Republican support. The bill previously passed through the Washington Senate with total Democratic support and support form three Republicans.

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