People in the Health/Biomedical Ethics field: I'ma need y'all to stop with all the slavery analogies. Surrogacy and slavery are in no way on the same plane. One involves violent/life threatening coercion, the other does not.
One of the basic purposes of human life is to make sensible decisions within a climate of freedom and love. God created human beings not only as His collaborators in the work of building the world, but also as free responsible agents. There are several areas of human life which demand that we make responsible decisions. Human reproduction is one such area which involves personal and social interests and a sense of resposnsibility. Planning a family is an inevitable moral responsibility.
Family Planning Defined
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines family planning as “a way of thinking and living that is adopted voluntarily upon the basis of knowledge, responsible attitudes and decisions by individuals and couples in order to promote the health and welfare of the family group” (A. Kiura, WHO, 1971).
“Family Planning” can refer to either the woman planning or the man planning. The WHO definition tells us that we are concerned with the health and welfare of the family group. The keyword then is “family” which is recognized as a group of persons.
Familiaris Consortio (F.C.) provides a fuller definition of the family…
In God’s plan the family has been established as an Intimate Community of life and love. This community of persons consists of husband and wife, of parents and children or relatives. This community has a mission to guard, reveal and communicate love (F.C. 17-18).
It is also tasked to form a community of persons, serve life, participate in the development of society, and share in the life and mission of the church (in any religion).
Integral family planning must therefore concern itself with and consider the health and welfare of every individual member, so that each will be able to carry out his/her individual mission and perform their tasks as a family.
The ideal family planning method may therefore be defined as one which is best for the individual couple with regard to their total environment: physical, mental, cultural and spiritual.
—Laura Evelyn Paunil Ciabal, ETHICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS