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‘Ex-gay’ author Robert Oscar Lopez compares gay surrogacy to slavery

‘Ex-gay’ author Robert Oscar Lopez compares gay surrogacy to slavery

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on

In the article, entitled ‘Breeders: How Gay Men Destroyed the Left’ Lopez wrote that surrogacy could only ever be ‘baby selling’ or ‘baby theft’ and compared that to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade that saw millions of black Africans transported to the Americas.

‘In both Ohio and the United Kingdom, there has been a push, mostly by gay men, to issue birth certificates that indicate neither the egg donor nor the surrogate mother’s name’ Lopez wrote.

‘This would transform a birth certificate from a document recording where a child came from into a bill of sale and contract for ownership of human chattel … We’ve seen this before – not only in the United States, but going all the way back to Rome.

‘Yes, I know the word “slavery” is incendiary. But we have to take surrogacy seriously, because this could escalate into what we saw between the 1400s and 1800s. Human beings have blind spots. Systems that begin on a small scale have a habit of growing rapidly, turning far more monstrous than people would have predicted, and then becoming world-historical atrocities solvable only by traumas like the American Civil War.

‘Consider that the esteemed historian Philip Curtin pegged the total number of Africans trafficked to the New World over 400 years at about 9.5 million, excluding those who died in the Middle Passage.

‘In 2012, in the United States, 1.5% of all live births were the result of in vitro fertilization. The Guardian reported in 2012 that over a period of 35 years, 5 million children were born through in vitro technology. Hence, we are outpacing the African slave trade in terms of how many children are being brought into the world under the oppressive aegis of a contract – bought and sold.’

Lopez also accused gay men of wanting to oppress women.

‘Gestational surrogacy is a dream come true for woman-hating chauvinists who are bound to congregate under such an umbrella: men enjoy all the “phallic” privilege that the bourgeois patriarchy can provide, and women are put in their place,’ Lopez wrote.

‘Not even in the kitchen, no – in a barracks somewhere, patrolled by goons who will snatch away their babies whenever the men demand it.’

Lopez says all of his early relationships were with men but says he began to be attracted to women after a religious transformation and he has been married to a woman for the past 12 years.