If there is complete self-ownership, why should selling babies be illegal?
Suppose you think there should be a market in organs. Suppose you think prostitution should be legal.
Then why would adoption be allowed only as a donation? Why not pay women to have babies so other people can adopt them? We DO allow surrogate motherhood. In fact, you can pay a surrogate mother a lot.
Where is the line between surrogate motherhood and payment for adopting a baby? Is the fact that there was a prior agreement really that much of a difference, ethically? If a mother can sell an unborn baby, on a future contract, why can't she sell a baby at 1 month old? A year old? Fifteen years old? What is the principle that guides us here?
The LMM wants to know... Because a mother in Miami was just arrested for trying to sell her baby.
(Part Two, with some larger questions, tomorrow!)