In the context of a very good article discussing homosexuality and parenthood, Kathleen Parker has some astute observations about  how our culture views children:

Throughout our culture, children have become objectified,
"thingified," created or acquired for the fulfillment of our selves –
decor options, accessories, cute little bundles for our entertainment and

Unless, of course, we’re not in the mood, in which case we
hit the "abort" button, the ultimate expression of

As long as children are viewed as mere extensions of our
selves, put here to satisfy some narcissistic need for self-actualization, it
is easy to suppose that our needs and their needs are complementary. If
same-sex marriage is what "I" need, then two same-sex parents are
what "my" child needs.

Don Johnson Evangelistic Ministries