Dr. Norman Fost, who wrote two papers on the Ashley case and growth attenuation with Dr. Diekema this year, says on surrogacy in an article below, “It’s paternalistic to tell a competent woman how she can use her body, whether it’s to work in a coal mine or as a surrogate mother. “ He also says, “It’s not clear why that (commodification) would even be of any great consequences to the child if he or she is raised in a loving home.”
His comments on other issues such as savior sibling, steroid in sport are listed here.
Maybe we should pay more attention to who he is and what kind of ethicist he is when we think of the Ashley case or growth attenuation. Dr. Fost is Dr. Diekema’s mentor. Dr. Diekema had his residency at University of Wisconsin where Dr. Fost has been teaching. And Dr. Fost has always been there in the Ashley case controversy from the very beginning as you can see in the post linked above. Only he pretended to be an uninterested third party ethicist when he strongly defended the case in the Larry King live or in the Scientific American debate in early 2007.