Friday, December 12, 2014

Some potentially repugnant markets

Jan Zilinsky writes with a selection of potentially repugnant markets:

 "I saw several pieces since late August, so I thought I would send along a few links:

-        Quebec is planning to cut in vitro fertilization insurance coverage and also “ban on in vitro fertilization for all women under the age of 18 and over the age of 42”
o   Is the distinction between animals we eat and animals we love is entirely arbitrary?
o   Data: “producing six pounds of rabbit meat requires the same amount of food and water as it takes to produce one pound of cow meat”
o   Legal situation: “Altruistic surrogacy is legal throughout Australia but commercial surrogacy is banned everywhere except in the Northern Territory, which has no surrogacy laws.”
o   Stated concern: “The Chief Judge warns that lack of regulation in many countries “creates a risk that children could be ‘commissioned’ specifically for trafficking or abuse purposes’’.”

I don't think there's any repugnance involved in this last story, but it's still an interesting one, and where there's blood there may be repugnance...

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