The womb industry

Sep 14, 2021 by

by Tom Farr, The Critic: Women’s bodies should not be for rent. On 9 September, GBNews presenter Alex Phillips introduced a segment on the ethics of surrogacy by asking, “Is having a child a human right?” The piece also highlighted the complexity of surrogacy laws in the UK; indeed, terms such as “birth mother”, “legal parent” and “intended parent” do little to clarify this murky topic. As Phillips pointed out, a number of organisations and couples are advocating for an overhaul to surrogacy...

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Pete Buttigieg and partner welcome twins. What about the babies’ mother?

Sep 6, 2021 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: A member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet and his partner have acquired two babies. Pete Buttigieg, a former presidential rival and now Secretary of Transportation, and Chasten Buttigeig welcomed Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to their family. They will be one of the world’s highest profile gay-parent households. First lady Jill Biden shared his tweet and gushed: “Congratulations to you and Chasten! Welcome to parenthood!” “As parents, they will now...

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Children’s rights activist blasts judge’s decision allowing gay throuple to be named as legal parents of 2 kids

Feb 25, 2021 by

by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post: A Children’s rights activist decried a California judge’s ruling allowing three men to be listed as the legal parents of two children born to surrogate mothers using donor eggs as being the consequence of laws that sacrifice the wellbeing of children to benefit the desires of adults. The homosexual male “throuple” includes Ian Jenkins, Alan Mayfield and Jeremy Allen Hodges. The three-way relationship happened after Jenkins and Mayfield, who met...

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Don’t treat children like consumer goods

Sep 21, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: This desperately sad short film published by Radio Free Europe looks at the case of Brigid, a girl born via commercial surrogacy in Ukraine. Brigid was born with disabilities, rejected by her US-based commissioning ‘mother’ and subsequently also by the woman who birthed her. Though paid surrogacy is regarded as shameful in Ukraine, it pays well: women can earn around £14,000 for carrying a baby, a significant sum in a country where average monthly wages are around...

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Surrogacy nightmare in Ukraine

May 17, 2020 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: Like rivets popping on the hull of the sinking Titanic, the stresses of the pandemic are revealing unexpected weaknesses in our societies. Suddenly we’ve realised that it wasn’t a great idea to source protective masks from China, that warehousing the elderly is dangerous, that we need check-out chicks more than we need managers, and so on. But there is one disaster which is flying under the radar — the international surrogacy industry. The hot spot of international...

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Trading on the Female Body: Surrogacy, Exploitation, and Collusion by the US Government

May 17, 2020 by

by Kathleen Sloan, Public Discourse: Commercial surrogacy is the ultimate manifestation of the American neoliberal project of capitalist commodification of human life to create profit and fulfill the narcissistic desires of an entitled elite. With every passing year, commercial surrogacy in the United States grows by leaps and bounds. Because the media operate as the public relations arm of the fertility industry, the reality of surrogacy is ignored. Media portrayals of surrogacy feature...

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