Brussels: A Trade Fair on the Sale of Children Stirs up Controversy

November 18, 2021

From November 5 to 7, 2021, the Men Having Babies fair was held in the European capital, to promote commercial surrogacy and to offer surrogate mother contracts.

“The most complete parenting conference for European gay men who wish to have children returns to Brussels in an immersive & responsible format,” states the website of the Men Having Babies Association: this could be the title of a horror film.

On its program, the show notably offers a “start-up guide” in order to establish a “selection of service providers”: in short, it is a question here of proposing to adults - in particular male couples, but also single - to enter into a contract with a surrogate mother, the choice of which is made from a catalog, in order to obtain the delivery of a child.

With more than 12,000 future and current gay “parents” around the world, the nonprofit Men Having Babies is dedicated to helping these men.

The price of such a transaction varies between 90,000 and 160,000 euros, taking into account the many commercial intermediaries involved (agencies, clinics, lawyers, etc.). Several agencies specializing in surrogacy also provide for the possibility of choosing the sex of the baby, because we must not forget that this possibility happens first by an egg donation, then by in vitro fertilization and transplantation.

This allows the embryo to be sorted and the sex of the child to be chosen, which is normally prohibited by almost all national laws, except in the case of “savior sibling.” One more transgression that does not seem to bother the organizers, the sex of the baby being the subject of the commercial contract.

One can only wonder about the organization of such an exhibition of surrogacy in the heart of the European capital, since in a resolution voted on January 21, 2021, the European Parliament thus recalled that “the sexual exploitation for purposes of surrogacy and reproduction… is unacceptable and constitutes a violation of human dignity and human rights.”

Are there double standards in the application of European laws when it comes to defending the culture of life?

While Poland has received a series of threats from the European Parliament, for restricting the “right” to abortion, and asserting that Polish law prevails over European law, this right is being violated under the noses of the same Parliament that is standing there like a dumb dog. We must believe that this famous right has been strongly devalued in a few days.

Again, the natural law which is once again flouted by such practices, with the aim of reinforcing, willingly or by force, into custom, the habit of transgressing the most fundamental prohibitions of any human society.

Under the guise of “opening parenthood to all couples,” Men Having Babies ignores the deleterious implications of surrogacy in terms of respect for the integrity and dignity of women, as a surrogate mother whose body is rented, and for a child whose person is the subject of a transaction. 

These are all omissions that the International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogacy (ICAS) intends to denounce.

On November 6, this pro-life association demonstrated in front of The Hotel in Brussels, in order to protest against the organization of the said fair, indicating that “the desire for a child does not justify the instrumentalization of women, nor the sale and purchase of a child,” adding that “whatever the form, ... surrogacy is a practice unworthy of societies which advocate human rights” and that “there is no such thing as ‘ethical’ surrogacy.”

But one should also not be deluded about the evolution of such practices: the unnatural forces are so powerful, and so determined to progress, that the transgressions are not about to end. There is really something demonic about these practices, in the sense that the demon inspires these abominations out of hatred of God and His creation.

As much as we can, let us oppose these practices and resort to the One who can do everything to make them disappear.