Who’s Your Daddy?

David Frum comments on an article in the Washington Post a while back. You don’t even have to read the whole article to get his drift. The bits he excerpts should be sufficient to understand his point.

And please don’t tell me that this is a matter of personal choice. The sperm donation industry exists only because the government agrees to enforce the contracts that make the whole thing possible. The man sells his paternal rights for $25 or $50; in exchange, the woman disclaims any right to support – and through this contract, the ensuing child is cut off from any rights to her father’s care. This in a country where (as my AEI colleague Sally Satel points out) it is illegal to sell a kidney.

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