A prominent theologian and ethicist has suggested that women declared brain dead should be kept alive and used as surrogates for other couples in need of a baby.
The idea, which was proposed in an article in the Christian magazine First Things, has sparked a heated debate. Professor Patrick Lee argued that if a woman is declared brain dead, her body is still alive and that her uterus and other reproductive organs should be used for other couples who could not have a baby using the traditional methods.
Lee argues that the woman’s body should be kept alive using a ventilator, and that the organs of the surrogate could be harvested for use in a surrogate pregnancy. He suggests that the surrogate mother should be monitored closely and that the child she births should be raised by the couple.
Lee’s idea has been met with both criticism and support. Critics argue that the proposal reduces women to little more than incubators and fails to take into account the autonomy of the woman who has been declared brain dead. They also argue that the morality of the proposal is called into question, as it appears to be suggesting that a woman’s body should be used for the benefit of another couple.
Supporters argue that the proposal is a compassionate solution to a difficult problem and that it should not be discarded without consideration. They argue that the proposal could be beneficial for couples struggling with infertility, and that the woman’s autonomy should not be overlooked.
Ultimately, it is up to each individual to make their own decision about whether the proposal is a moral one. It is clear, however, that the idea has sparked an important debate about the ethical implications of surrogacy.