The Vatican have condemned the rejection of a baby with Downs syndrome allegedly abandoned with his Thai surrogate mother.
Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in a seaside town in Thailand, is caring for six-month-old Gammy, the biological son of an Australian couple who accepted his healthy twin sister.
The biological father, whose identity is unknown, has claimed that the couple were not told about the existence of Gammy, who also has a congenital heart condition and a lung infection.
The Vatican official newspaper said the story, which has caused global outrage, was all too predictable and ‘the obvious consequence’ of turning babies into a consumer product.
In a strongly worded comment piece, warning that other cases will follow, the Osservatore Romano said: ‘We should not be surprised that if parents have ordered a baby renting a woman’s womb they will reject a child that is not healthy and perfect.’
‘If a child becomes a product to buy, it is obvious that as with any acquisition it must be to the purchaser’s liking.’
People have no cause to be ‘indignant’ that the couple refused a child that was ‘imperfect’, the article said.
‘In realty there is little to be indignant about- if you accept the logic of a child a as product this is the obvious consequence.’
Pope Francis has lamented the increase in ‘wombs for hire’.
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