Professor suggests brain dead women should be kept 'alive' and used as surrogate mothers, sparks huge backlash
A Norwegian professor has sparked a huge backlash on social media after suggesting that men and women should be kept 'alive' and used as "whole body gestational" surrogates, according to a report published in the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
Professor Anna Smajdor suggested that 'brain dead women' could have their bodies used for surrogate pregnancies to help women who are unable to carry a baby of their own.
Smajdor is a Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo, Norway.
The suggestion was published by The Colombian Medical College in an article that focused on a paper about whole body gestational donation (WBGD).
WBGD involves woman who have given prior permission of being used as would-be surrogacy mothers after being declared clinically brain dead, according to a report by Telegraph UK.
The suggestion, as you may have guessed by now, was met with huge condemnation, forcing Colombia’s medical association to issue an apology.
"Whole body gestational donation offers an alternative means of gestation for prospective parents who wish to have children but cannot, or prefer not to, gestate," the report states.
It adds: "It seems plausible that some people would be prepared to consider donating their whole bodies for gestational purposes just as some people donate parts of their bodies for organ donation."
The associate professor argued that WBGD could become a popular way of bringing new children into the world in the future as it avoids health risks for the eventual mother. She added there is no moral difference in such circumstances between organ donation and surrogacy.
“States and health services should adapt their policies and procedures to allow for WBGD among other donation options,” Samajdor wrote in the paper.
However, the suggestions have not been taken positively by many netizens and Colombian member of Congress Jennifer Pedraza, who described it as misogynistic.
“Women are not utensils to be thrown away after use, women have human rights, even if some people forget this,” she said.
"Do we really live in a time where as a cis woman I have to state if I'm ever in a coma and ruled 'brain dead' I do not condone/consent/want my body to be used to grow babies as a surrogate? Denying my humanity and using me as a host? A strong no!" said another person.