HELENA HANBASKITT

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, December 13th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 35 Comments

Welcome to modern life.  Introducing kids as commodities:

The man bringing together this disparate group is Rudy Rupak, chief executive of PlanetHospital.com LLC, a California company that searches the globe to find the components for its business line. The business, in this case, is creating babies.

Mr. Rupak is a pioneer in a controversial field at the crossroads of reproductive technology and international adoption. Prospective parents put off by the rigor of traditional adoptions are bypassing that system by producing babies of their own—often using an egg donor from one country, a sperm donor from another, and a surrogate who will deliver in a third country to make what some industry participants call “a world baby.”

They turn to PlanetHospital and a handful of other companies. “We take care of all aspects of the process, like a concierge service,” says Mr. Rupak, a 41-year-old Canadian.

Clients tend to be people who want children but can’t do it themselves: families suffering from infertility; gay male couples. They may also have trouble adopting because of age or other obstacles

Rug rats don’t come cheap although the price is coming down.

And they’re price sensitive. PlanetHospital’s services run from $32,000 to around $68,000, versus up to $200,000 for a U.S. surrogate.

And this company has all kinds of packages.

PlanetHospital’s most affordable package, the “India bundle,” buys an egg donor, four embryo transfers into four separate surrogate mothers, room and board for the surrogate, and a car and driver for the parents-to-be when they travel to India to pick up the baby.

Pricier packages add services like splitting eggs from the same donor to fertilize with different sperm, so children of gay couples can share a genetic mother. In Panama, twins cost an extra $5,000; for another $6,500 you can choose a child’s gender.

The couple made payments as the pregnancy progressed, with the final amount due at birth. Of the $35,000, PlanetHospital keeps around $3,600. Another $5,000 goes to the egg donor, plus another $3,000 or so for travel expenses. The surrogate gets $8,000. The rest, around $15,000, is paid to the clinic.

Packages.  For human beings.  If you’re not sick yet, this should just about close the deal for you.

“Our ethics are agnostic,” Mr. Rupak says. “How do you prevent a pedophile from having a baby? If they’re a pedophile then I will leave that to the U.S. government to decide, not me.”

This certainly won’t help.

Surrogacy’s complexity can give rise to extraordinarily difficult decisions, such as whether or not to abort. This can happen because clinics sometimes implant multiple embryos into multiple surrogates to improve the odds: If one miscarries, there are still viable pregnancies. However, if several implants successfully lead to pregnancy, clients face ending up with not just one or two children, but many.

Mike Aki and his husband, a Massachusetts couple, confronted this question. The couple planned on having two children. But their two surrogate mothers in India each became pregnant with twins.

At 12 weeks into the pregnancies, Mr. Aki and his husband decided to abort two of the fetuses, one from each woman. It was a very painful call to make, Mr. Aki says. “You start thinking to yourself, ‘Oh, my god, am I killing this child?'”

Yes.

He didn’t think of his decision as an abortion, but as a “reduction,” he says. “You’re reducing the pregnancies to make sure you have a greater chance of healthy children,” Mr. Aki says. “If you’re going to bring a child into this world, you have an obligation to take care of that child to the best of your abilities.”

Whatever gets you through the day, d-bag.

Today, Mr. Aki and his husband have two 21-month-old daughters. The girls share the same genetic mother. Each man is the genetic father of one of the girls. Next week, Mr. Aki and his husband will officially adopt each other’s genetic daughter.

Say all you want about much these parents will love these children but that changes nothing.  The fact remains that this guy’s business is manufacturing and selling human beings for profit.  Around here, we used to fight wars over people who did stuff like that.

35 Comments to HELENA HANBASKITT

Paula Loughlin
December 13, 2010

Next time I read any criticism of the Catholic Church’s stance on in vitro fertilization I am gonna refer them to this article.

Fuinseoig
December 13, 2010

Well, they sure showed Pope Paul VI and his silly old “Humanae Vitae”, didn’t they?

“Responsible parenthood, as we use the term here, has one further essential aspect of paramount importance. It concerns the objective moral order which was established by God, and of which a right conscience is the true interpreter. In a word, the exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties toward God, themselves, their families and human society.

From this it follows that they are not free to act as they choose in the service of transmitting life, as if it were wholly up to them to decide what is the right course to follow. On the contrary, they are bound to ensure that what they do corresponds to the will of God the Creator. The very nature of marriage and its use makes His will clear, while the constant teaching of the Church spells it out.”

Yes, let’s exploit those desperate to have children by bilking them of every penny they can spare and let’s exploit those desperate by means of poverty to sell their bodies and let’s pretend we’re being altruists and humanitarians while we do it.

Katherine
December 13, 2010

As to the infertile couples, the major factor pushing US couples to go overseas for adoptions or for procedures like this is the US abortion rate. There are few newborns to adopt. With the pressure on Catholic Social Services it is perhaps even hard for them to place children with Catholic parents these days.

As to Mike in Massachusetts and his partner, may God have a care for those children and not visit the sins of their fathers upon them.

Katherine
December 13, 2010

I’d like to clarify my statement: I do not condone designer babies for the infertile or for anyone.

Don Janousek
December 13, 2010

From all of the mistakes, goofs and dumb things I have done in my life, not to mention that no one has ever mistaken me for Paul Newman, it is obvious that I wasn’t a “designer baby.” More likely a Sears & Roebuck catalog close-out item with a no return policy. But, I had real and loving parents. That is the only thing that counts.

I remember reading Huxley’s “Brave New World” in high school and thinking about how weird and evil it was. Now it seems like we are living in it.

Smurf Breath
December 13, 2010

2 babies created artificially in an outsourced womb, then culled, because the customer only ordered 2 and “the customer is always right”. Disgusting.

Michael D
December 13, 2010

Oh gosh, this is dialog from Dante’s Inferno II. For example:

… with the final amount due at birth.

I can’t bear to think what happens if the buyers default on that final payment.

Michael D
December 13, 2010

Today, Mr. Aki and his husband have two 21-month-old daughters. The girls share the same genetic mother. Each man is the genetic father of one of the girls. Next week, Mr. Aki and his husband will officially adopt each other’s genetic daughter.

A hundred years ago that paragraph would have been grammatical nonsense – unparsable. Today it parses just fine but is some other kind of nonsense.

Whitestone
December 13, 2010

Vapid little viperous self-worshippers.

This is “MY will be done” taken to the millionth power.

Wonder what these poor designer children’s lives will be like…if these ‘parents’ will stay together longer than the usual 2-3 years. (Of course heterosecular marriages and even heteroChristian marriages aren’t fairing that well statistically)

What with this kind of mess and abortion too, no wonder Babylong/Assyria has entered our gates and taken us captive.

God help us. Have mercy and help us to repent!!!

Robb
December 13, 2010

How long, O Lord?

xavier
December 13, 2010

Christopher:

Wow just wow. Moloch/Baal has come back with a cynical smirk. Aki is proof positive of how gay men are repugnant narcissists. Hard decision to abort?! Naaa that was the easy way out, if he and his whatever manned up they would accept the 4 girls and dealt with the consequences of their decision.

But dealing with 4 kids in one shot is just too much for their sensitive disposition and would have perpetual fainting spells.

I can see the second half of the 21st century will have a war over surrogate kids, their dignity and right to make it through the pregnancy.

xavier

J.M. Heinrichs
December 13, 2010

OT, but the Editor’s listed email address is demonstrating mal-performance.

Cheers

Andrea Harris
December 13, 2010

In the meantime, foster homes and orphanages and the streets are teeming with already-born kids who weren’t whipped up in a lab to someone’s specifications. It’s almost like someone’s trying to send these prospective parents a message or something.

Nahhh!

(Full disclosure: I’m adopted. My parents couldn’t have kids of their own, but in 1963 the idea of creating a Frankenbaby in a lab was something they made cheap black-and-white horror films about.)

ordinariate bound
December 13, 2010

To be baptized in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston by the Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale.

Upstate
December 14, 2010

A big “roger that” to Paula, Michael D, and Andrea for their comments. I guess Mr. Aki and hubby wanted to make “their own real babies,” ‘cuz, y’know, all adoptive kids are already broken. Or so the conventional wisdom tells us…May God have mercy on us all

Dale Matson
December 14, 2010

This is amoral capitalism run amok. I don’t see any difference between this and the indefensible human slave trade. It is also child sacrifice. How can one “process” combine so many evil aspects? Becoming a parent under these circumstances only requires adequate funding. I have to go through much more scrutiny to obtain a concealed weapons permit in California.

Paula Loughlin
December 14, 2010

What is truly disheartening is the number of commentators on the WSJ site who defend the practice. Rupak defends himself as Mary Poppins, Mother Theresa, Santa Claus and The Blue Fairy all rolled into one. He wonders through life practically perfect serving others by giving them their heart’s desire and if they wish hard enough and prove worthy (cash on hand) they get a real boy.

Steve L.
December 14, 2010

Check this one:

But this couple is selective

The men rejected one woman who wanted to donate her eggs because: “She hardly had any nice clothes and that’s just not what we want”, Mr Miller said.

http://www.anglicansamizdat.net/wordpress/homosexuality/homosexual-couple-buying-designer-baby/

Paula Loughlin
December 14, 2010

I like to think the above post by Steve L is based on a hoax. Can anyone cofirm it?

The Pilgrim
December 14, 2010

I like to think the above post by Steve L is based on a hoax.

I can believe it’s true… a woman columnist for the NYT wrote about her “selective reduction” procedure (from three children to one or two down to one) because she couldn’t see herself shopping at Costco.

Michael+
December 14, 2010

Seems to me there are a lot of people screaming about the traffic of humans for a variety of purposes. This is the modern slave trade, and there are many liberal and feminist groups who go ape over it. Yet, they are remarkably silent on this point. It is perfectly okay to traffic human embryos. It is perfectly okay to plan, implant, abort and collect the products of our selfish wants. It is okay because some poor couple has been sold a bill of goods by a greedy system that preys upon their desire to have a family. Because they can shell out the obscene amount of money necessary, they can have whatever they want — damn the consequences.

The Roman Catholics have taken a right and proper stand on in vitro. Just because our science “can” produce a test tube baby, does not mean that it should. Children are gifts from God, not commodities to be bought, sold and discarded on the open market.

May God have mercy on those who propagate this obscenity on the world.

Michael+

Dug@Israel
December 14, 2010

This guy is definitely far from being Mother Theresa but what should people do who are unable to have children and if they can’t solve the problem within their country? This practice is popular because it is demanded. andI’m sure that not only gays or pedophiles but ordinary couples, too. And it’s clear they’re ready to treat this “doctor” as a panacea.They are in despair and this is a way-out.

CarolynP
December 14, 2010

Even Thoroughbred racehorses are not allowed to be registered unless created the natural way – no AI allowed. Seems like we should be at least as picky as the horse industry.

Steve L.
December 14, 2010

I like to think the above post by Steve L is based on a hoax. Can anyone confirm it?

Follow the link it goes to an ITV on air interview with the parents (?)
http://www.anglicansamizdat.net/wordpress/homosexuality/homosexual-couple-buying-designer-baby/

The Little Myrmidon
December 14, 2010

Paula L. This article was on the UK version of People Magazine.

The quote referenced is about a third of the way down.

You know, the ummm… old fashioned method used to be the way to insure that you got a baby that looked like yourself. Instead these two ghibronies are going to spend £1,000. to get the same result.

The Little Myrmidon
December 14, 2010

Oppps make that £100,000. above.

Paula Loughlin
December 14, 2010

Part of me was hoping it was some sort of misguided shock the yahoos stunt. I get that it was not, and yet they have such human faces.

Paula Loughlin
December 14, 2010

When do you suppose the first patent for a human being will come out? I’m thinking it will be for the production of one who is genetically designed to do well in sports. Think of the sponsor revenue one could pull in.

Dave P.
December 14, 2010

Sounds like something out of C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength, when the “uses of Sulva (the Moon and the evil people that inhabit it)” are described…

LaVallette
December 14, 2010

But as Mark Shea says when it comes to social and natural order experimentation : “To day, we may well demand, “who will it hurt” because tomorrow we will cry, “but how were we to know”.”

MargaretC
December 14, 2010

Come, Lord Jesus!

Janjan
December 15, 2010

So depressed right now over this.

Maureen
December 15, 2010

Milton Friedman’s grandson had his surrogate daughter produced in India. I had a great deal of trouble figuring this out at first, when I was reading his blog. I kept thinking he was just doing a foreign adoption, and then my jaw dropped when I realized what was really going on. I kept thinking that Friedman had to be rolling over in his grave.

I realize adoption is difficult and that infertility is rough. But doesn’t there come a point when the determination to have a child that’s genetically your own becomes a ridiculous vanity? “I’m outsourcing my family reproduction to India” is surely one of those points.

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