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Trading on the Female Body

StopSurrogacyNow invites you to a global conversation on surrogacy. Surrogacy is an international problem that demands an international solution. Come and learn about how we can work together to Stop. Surrogacy. Now.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm
The Benjamin Hotel 125 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022

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Join us @ CSW61 in New York for our Event, “Trading on the Female Body”

Original Signers of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement Julie Bindel, Ruchira Gupta, Jennifer Lahl, Pierette Pape, and Kathy Sloan will speak. They will be joined by surrogate mothers harmed by surrogacy. Jessica Kern, who was born of surrogacy, will speak as well.

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

Please join us!
Tuesday 14 March 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm

At The Benjamin Hotel
125 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022

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Recent Radio on Surrogacy

Julie Bindel—an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement who is a journalist, author, and human rights campaigner—has recently been interviewed on surrogacy by radio programs in Australia and the United States.

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I was a Surrogate. I Want People to Know What’s Really Going On.

I recently gave birth in Greece as a surrogate. I gave birth to twins — a boy and a girl . . . I just want to get information out to others about what really happens in surrogacy.

Lahl: How did you find the #StopSurrogacyNow Coalition?

Marie: I found your site when I was looking for help on the internet. I got no help in Greece because the law is on the parents’ side.

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Women in India Suffer as They Serve as Surrogates

Gujarat, a state in western India, once was known as the world’s dairy capital. But today it is the place to go to rent a womb.

Government of Gujarat SealGujarat is the site of almost half of India’s surrogacy market and is known by its critics, of which I am one, as a giant “baby factory.” I traveled to Gujarat last year to investigate the surrogacy market, arriving only days after the Indian government ordered fertility clinics to stop surrogate-embryo transfers for those without Indian passports.

Posing as an infertile woman desperate for a baby, I visited clinics, claiming to have a husband with an Indian passport. The five clinics I visited offered surrogacy, and a representative in each clinic told me business would suffer as a result of the government directive. No one mentioned my age (I am 54) or asked any questions about my husband or our family life. It would appear that in the world of designer babies, it is . . . [continue reading…]

 

Important Event in California: A Public Conversation on Surrogacy

jb-fb-live-screenshot-ytJulie Bindel, an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement who is a journalist, author, and human rights campaigner, traveled from her home in London to California’s San Francisco Bay Area in order to work with The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), an organizational signer of the statement. Julie joined CBC Founder & President Jennifer Lahl for An Open Conversation on Surrogacy at the CBC offices on Friday, November 11.

The conversation was broadcast live on Facebook, and the recording is now available to view via both Facebook and YouTube . . . [continue reading…]

 

To the members of the Parlementiary Assembly of the Council of Europe

On 11 October, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its autumn plenary session will consider a draft recommendation in relation to surrogacy arrangements.

As you know, the report appended to this recommendation was rejected by 19 votes to 17 by the PACE Social Affairs Committee.

We ask you, as well as all the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, to reject that recommendation and to defend the rights of women, in particular the most vulnerable . . . [continue reading…]

 

Public Policy and the Health of Young Mothers

On September 13, Jennifer Lahl, the Founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture and an original signer of the #StopSurrogacyNow Petition, testified by phone before the Minnesota Legislative Committee on Surrogacy. The committee is holding a series of meetings on the issue this summer, and this meeting focused on the medical and psychological risks of surrogacy to women and children. The Center’s Executive Director, Matthew Eppinette, testified to the committee in July, and you can read his testimony here.

Dear Members of the Minnesota Legislature,

Today I’ve been asked to bring my expertise to clarify the medical and psychological risks for surrogate mothers, and to explain the process it takes for these women to get pregnant. . . . [continue reading…]

 

India’s New Surrogacy Law: Much to Applaud but Major Issues Remain

by Kathleen Sloan, Feminist Leader, Activist, and Author; Original Signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now Statement

The Government of India just announced passage of its long-awaited new law on surrogacy. There is much to applaud for surrogacy opponents and abolitionists, but major issues remain concerning its enforcement and questions abound on its particulars. First, the good news . . . [continue reading…]

 

Help Stop the Collusion between the US Government and the Fertility Industry to Legalize International Surrogacy

The US State Department is holding a public meeting to discuss a questionnaire prepared by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on international parentage and surrogacy. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain the views of concerned stakeholders on the questions presented in the questionnaire. A copy of the questions will be provided to meeting participants.

Opponents of surrogacy can and MUST participate and make their voices heard!

In Brief

  • What: US State Dept. public meeting on questions of international parentage and surrogacy
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
  • Where: Participate by telephone (the meeting will be in Washington, DC)
  • How: Email pil@state.gov to obtain the call-in number

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Updates from Sweden and Minnesota, USA

Update from Minnesota, USA

During the 2016 legislative session, Minnesota successfully established a surrogacy commission to examine the many complex issues relating to surrogacy. The Commission held its first meeting in June and is now gearing up for a series of meetings that will be held in the coming months . . .

Update from Sweden

Stockholm UN Association has taken note of the final report of the government Committee on Expanded Opportunities for the Treatment of Involuntarily Childlessness, SOU 2016: 11, and hereby submit our consultation response.

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New Book on Surrogacy Seeking Contributors

Melinda Tankard Reist and Jennifer Lahl are Seeking Contributors for A New Book on Surrogacy

We are seeking contributions for a new global collection of first-person accounts by women who were surrogate mothers. The book will be edited by Melinda Tankard Reist (Australia) and Jennifer Lahl (US), and will be published by Spinifex Press for release in late 2017. We would be grateful if you could share this invitation through your networks. [continue reading…]

 

Call for Papers — Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence

We want to alert you to a new journal: Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence. It is edited by Dr. Donna M. Hughes of the University of Rhode Island, an original signer of Stop Surrogacy Now Statement.

The journal welcomes first-person narratives on what you have experienced or seen, book reviews, scholarly articles, literature reviews, and editorials as described here. [continue reading…]

 

Statement on Louisiana HB 1102, Surrogacy Law

Hon. John Bel Edwards
Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana
PO Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004

Dear Governor Edwards,

We are women and men of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds from all regions of the world. We come together to voice our shared concern for women and children who are exploited through surrogacy contract pregnancy and ask you to veto HB 1102. [continue reading…]

 

An Open Letter to Adele on Surrogacy

Dear Adele,

Hello, can you hear me? You have such a big following, and when you offered to serve as the surrogate for a newly engaged couple at your concert in Denmark, I was troubled. [continue reading…]

 

Great News from Down Under!

The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs says commercial surrogacy should remain illegal in Australia. [continue reading…]

 

Europe Moves to Defend Women and Children

Jennifer Lahl, President and Founder of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, applauds The Council of Europe’s decision to ban rather than regulate surrogacy. “This is the correct position to take on the matter of surrogacy: not to regulate, which tacitly condones the practice, but to prohibit it altogether.” [continue reading…]

 

A Plea For Clear Limits (Ein Plädoyer für klare Grenzen)

Remarks by journalist and author Eva Maria Bachinger, presented at the conference Vers l’abolition de la GPA (toward the abolition of all surrogacy)

To have children is no longer dictated by nature. Medicine and science are able to fulfill almost any desire and make nearly everything possible. Everybody can have a child–has even a so-called right to a child–it does not matter in what kind of relationship he or she lives. Everything can be planned and controlled, and seems to be safe.

Of course this is an illusion, but one our society believes in. Therefore I think the reproductive medicine and genetic diagnostics are only symptoms of the ruling thinking that says: “everything is possible.” Everything is for sale–so also the desired child.

Read her remarks in full, and find out more about the conference here.

 

Why Surrogacy Should Scare You

Remarks by author, political scientist, and philosopher Dr. Regula Stämpfli, presented at the conference Vers l’abolition de la GPA (toward the abolition of all surrogacy)

Abstract: The core question in surrogacy is: Is it a technical critique or a political one? Should surrogacy be forbidden because so many women and children are exploited etc., or because it is a political question of using other people’s organs and lives for money? Surrogacy is all about selling and buying human flesh. Surrogacy is one part of the process that humans have become capital rather than owning capital.

Read her remarks in full, and find out more about the conference here.

 

What Freedom / Appello Che Libertà

We cannot regard surrogacy as a gesture of freedom or love.

In Italy the practice is illegal, but in our world the ‘elsewhere’ is here: Italian “customers” can choose from various countries to find a woman’s belly that will “carry” a child for them. We cannot accept – simply because it is technically possible, and in the name of alleged individual rights – that women should once again become disposable objects – objects that are no longer at the disposal of the patriarchy, but of the market. We want surrogacy to be banned. [continue…]


Noi rifiutiamo di considerare la “maternità surrogata” un atto di libertà o di amore.

In Italia è vietata, ma nel mondo in cui viviamo l’altrove è qui: “committenti” italiani possono trovare in altri paesi una donna che “porti” un figlio per loro. Non possiamo accettare, solo perché la tecnica lo rende possibile, e in nome di presunti diritti individuali, che le donne tornino a essere oggetti a disposizione: non più del patriarca ma del mercato. Vogliamo che la maternità surrogata sia messa al bando. [continuare…]

 

Help Stop Surrogacy in Australia

Submissions to this Inquiry are due on 11 February 2016, preceded by an earlier email in which you must declare your intention to send a Submission by 1 February 2016. Submissions need to be sent to spla.reps@aph.gov.au or can be lodged via the Committee website. Click here to read more.

 

Public Comment on Proposed Surrogacy Regulation in India

Jennifer Lahl, President and Founder of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, submitted a public comment to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Department of Health Research) of the government of India on the proposed Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill currently under consideration there. Read her public comment here.

 

Why I Support #StopSurrogacyNow

By Gary Powell, LGBT activist, public administration campaigner, and original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement, United Kingdom. Read his statement here.

 

Studies and Reports

A number of studies and reports examine the effects of surrogacy on women, children, families, and society. We are gathering them here.

 

Film

Over the past few years a number of films, both documentary and narrative, have focused on the issue of surrogacy. Find our more here.

 

What’s Wrong with Third Party Assisted Reproduction?

A two-page PDF overview, with references, on the issues that arise when using third party reproduction techniques such as surrogacy. Click here to download.

 

Hague Conference: Feminists for the Abolition of Surrogacy

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the Center for Bioethics and Culture (USA), the French « Collectif pour le Respect de la
Personne » ( CoRP), and several associations backed by European and American personalities are calling for the abolition of the baby business called euphemistically “surrogacy.”

These associations joined together to involve themselves in the works on transnational surrogacy, which have been hidden from public scrutiny by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

The HCCH is a major actor in the making of international law. It will decide whether its member states accept to work on a future text for shaping international law in relation to transnational surrogacy, and particularly, legal parenthood and the legal status of the child in surrogacy. Its goal will be to try and facilitate the mutual recognition of parenthood from surrogate mothers’ contracts.

The signatory associations denounce this completely unacceptable way of promoting surrogacy without consulting the civil society. They recall that surrogacy is a practice of exploitation contrary to International Human Rights. They propose the writing within the UNO of a convention for the abolition of surrogacy made on the model of the abolition of slavery.

Full text in English: https://collectifcorp.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/surrogacy_hcch_feminists_english.pdf

French version: http://collectif-corp.com/2015/03/23/conference-de-la-haye-intervention-internationale-pour-labolition/