Romney and Bioethics

Entering national politics is a bit like strip mining the family farm. As soon as you’ve sold your soul, the earthmovers get to work excavating your family’s life story. This week, for instance, two of Barack Obama’s old flames popped up in a tell-all biography to be released next month. And yesterday it emerged that Mitt Romney’s new twin grandchildren were born with the help of a surrogate mother.

His oldest son Tagg now has six children, three of whom have the same surrogate mother. Tagg and his wife Jen are the biological parents. He posted the news on Facebook:

“A special thanks to our gestational surrogate who made this possible for us. Life truly is a miracle, and we feel so blessed to be able to celebrate the arrival of these precious boys into our family. For those keeping score at home, these are grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 for my parents.”

According to Romney biographer Ronald B. Scott, three of Mitt Romney’s sons have resorted to IVF to create their families. The Republican presidential candidate is opposed to abortion, Plan B contraception and embryonic stem cell research, but has never clarified his views on IVF.

Michael Cook

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Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia.

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  • Joe DeVet

    A truly disgusting revelation.

    I would be tempted to sit out the election, if it weren’t for the urgent, principled Catholic need to remove the Son of Lies from the White House.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501002865 Tony Frasco

    Romney is certainly not the ideal candidate for America but better than Obama.  He isn’t perfect when it comes to the teachings of the Church but maybe he could come around. Obama on the other hand, I have often times lost hope in his willingness to “change” to traditional, conservative, Catholic values and morals.  

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