Surrogate motherhood demeans women, legalizes the sale of children—Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, January 29, 2020

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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia participated in the Russian Federation Council’s annual Christmas Parliamentary Meetings yesterday, January 28, addressing a number of societal and moral issues.

In particular, the Russian primate highlighted the moral ambiguity of the practice of surrogate motherhood, reports Interfax-Religion.

“While appreciating the desire of science and health care to solve urgent human problems, I can’t help but note the semantic substitution that occurs in relation to the so-called surrogate motherhood. Banned in many countries and available in Russia only to wealthy people (I want to emphasize this), the procedure, in fact, of course, in some sense exploits women and even encourages the sale of children,” the Patriarch said at the meetings.

The surrogate mother is the one being exploited, Pat. Kirill said. “After all, it’s not for free, it’s not out of enthusiasm—she gets money for it and, in a sense, sells her children.”

And, in the Patriarch’s view, this problem is largely based on social stratification, as well-off women don’t have to bear children for other women to get money.

“This choice is driven by social insecurity; poverty, the desire to provide for her own children, the spread of commercial surrogacy—this is obviously the demeaning of Russian women, the most vulnerable of them,” the Russian spiritual head emphasized.

The Patriarch also warned against risky genetic experiments on humans, saying, “The development of technologies for the so-called modification of the human genetic code cannot but cause concern. These trends are correlated in a certain way with the selective experiments of the Nazis in the framework of eugenic theory.”

According to him, God's gift of life is inviolable, and the risks from such interventions have yet to be assessed. In this regard, Pat. Kirill called for “drawing a dividing line between the treatment of genetic diseases and the breeding of human individuals with programmed genetic engineering qualities.”

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Afanassy1/25/2023 7:49 am
Look at society 1000 years from now. It will be secular in terrible ways we can't even imagine. Babies will be born in incubators after fertilization, and brought to term without any human mothers at all. In other words, pregnancy will not exist, and fetal development will be external to the human body. The growing fetus will be constantly monitored for its perfect and suitable condition, and be aborted automatically otherwise. That same fetus can be chemically enhanced for certain skills and abilities, depending on the needs of society. Genetic disease elimination and disease resistance will be pre-programmed by CRISPR DNA splicing. Artificial life forms with artificial intelligence (AI), called androids [humanoid robots], will be common and accepted as sentient "citizens". Laws will be enacted to allow human/android "marriages". How are our churches going to deal with pews that are filled with robots seeking God? ==============================
Gary Cox1/29/2020 12:55 pm
May God grant many more years to Patriarch Kirill to continue carrying forth the truth of God!
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