A surrogate mother is said to exercise \”choice\”. Of course, she is entitled to rent out her womb to whomsoever she likes. However, choice presupposes that we live in a society in which there are no serious differences in power, income and authority between individuals. And we don\’t.
But I\’m not sure that that is the worry at the heart of all of this. That some people can make choices that others are not able to, the inequality of choices.
I have a sneaking suspicion that it\’s actually the greater equality of choices which worries.
What surrogacy does is allow a man (of sufficient wealth, to be sure) to have a child without having to woo and nuture a relationship with a woman. And that has been one of the great powers that women have had over men over the centuries, that it\’s been necessary to do this in order to get both sex and children.
Surrogacy is thus a loss of power of the sisterhood: as, for example, Ronaldo\’s recent case shows. No need for him to committ to marriage, alimony, a relationaship, in order to have a child.