Vatican warning over abandoned Down syndrome baby

Gammy with Thai mother

The Vatican is warning that the alleged rejection of a baby born with Down syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand shows how babies have become consumer products for sale, reports the Religion News Service.

Surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old street vendor, made headlines around the world after claiming she is caring for seven-month-old Gammy, who also has a congenital heart defect, because his biological parents from Australia abandoned him in Thailand.

She has claimed the couple took Gammy’s healthy twin sister home but left him behind. The father, David John Farnell, and his wife have told the media they did not know of the boy’s existence.

'We should not be surprised if parents who have ordered a baby and rented a woman’s womb refuse it at birth if it is not healthy and perfect,' said an article published in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

'In fact if a child becomes a product to buy, it is obvious that as with any acquisition it must meet with the buyer’s approval.'

The strongly worded commentary was written by prominent Catholic feminist and regular contributor Lucetta Scaraffia, who argued the child’s rejection was to be expected in the 'explosive mix' of consumerism combined with a 'throwaway culture.'

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