Adoption law is generally in a sorry state. Few if any states now have a formal preference for married couples in adoption law, despite a mountain of evidence that children do better when raised by married mothers and fathers. The laws' central presumption -- fathers are responsible for the children they make -- has been twisted out of recognition to accommodate the desire of adults to have babies on other terms. Laws that cut off paternal responsibilities in donor insemination, originally intended to help infertile married couples procreate, are now used to allow women to create legally fatherless children. Minnesota is considering new legislation that authorizes unlimited payments to surrogate mothers, perhaps so two male incomes can buy any babies they want. Radically fatherless and now radically motherless children are being created to suit the desires of adults, not because we know or believe that it is in the best interests of children to do so.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has embarrassed itself by wading into a controversy for which its members have no particular expertise at all. Baby doctors of the world, you might let your professional representatives know.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.
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