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Concerning New Report About Surrogacy

We wanted to call your attention to this report that is available in several languages. We find the report deeply troubling and regret that it appears they did not consult with groups who work toward the abolition of surrogacy for a more comprehensive understanding of the true harms of the issue.

For example, the report states, “Rather than bans, there must be more nuanced policies that account for the input and perspectives of those affected.” It also states, “Restrictions are only pushing surrogacy further into the shadows, where unethical agencies can thrive without regulation and surrogates themselves are penalized. “If it was legal, people would feel safer.” The isolated quotes from actual surrogates frame the issue very strategically as an overall good so long as safety measures are instated. For example, “A contract would have given me safety that everything would be okay.”

It is clear their conclusion is to advance laws around the world that legalize surrogacy under a regulatory model. It’s an alarming trend that’s quickly gaining traction as some sort of liberation movement. Those who work to abolish surrogacy know that is the only way to prevent harms to women and children. We must continue speaking up and pushing back when we encounter this type of rationale.

Venus Rising is now on your favorite streaming platform!

Venus Rising, a new podcast by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, has launched into other atmospheres!! You can now find Venus Rising on your favorite streaming platform! That’s right, you can listen to episodes of Venus Rising on SpotifyGoogle PlayPodomatic, and even iTunes!!! 

The good news doesn’t stop there…on Friday, Oct. 11 we air a BRAND NEW episode!!!! Join us as we travel across the pond to talk to England’s own, Gary Powell, and listen in as we find out why, as a gay man, Gary opposes surrogacy.

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Questions of Power and Rights in Surrogacy

Is it acceptable for gay men to exploit surrogate mothers facing poverty, racism, eugenic forces and misogyny?

I am a lesbian. In my political activism over more than forty years I have repeatedly spoken out against homophobia as well as fighting against misogyny, ableism, racism and classism among other oppressions. Today, in my talk, I am going to criticise gay men who engage women to be surrogates so that they can fulfil their ‘desire’ for children. My criticism is for anyone – straight or gay – who acquires children through surrogacy.

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Is Egg “Donation” and Surrogacy the Newest Form of Human Trafficking?

red "Not For Sale" price tag

I’m in Spain at the time of this writing, where I have been invited to speak on the topic of “Reproductive Exploitation.” One of the slides in my talk made the claim that reproductive exploitation is the newest form of human trafficking. Another speaker at the conference, an attorney, disagreed with my claim. This attorney believes that egg donation and surrogacy is definitely exploitative and perhaps violates the human rights of the individual woman and the child, but these practices could not and should not be described as trafficking. I disagreed with her – let me explain why.

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Unifying Global Opposition

StopSurrogacyNow continues to unify and promote global opposition to surrogacy, with three organizations joining the worldwide campaign: OBJECT (UK), Breaking Free (USA), and Nordic Model Now! (UK).

Read on to learn more about each organization’s mission and how it aligns with our fight to StopSurrogacyNow, worldwide!

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Take action! Respond to the UK Surrogacy Consultation in 10 easy minutes.

Do you think that babies should be on sale as commodities in the UK? No?

Then please join Nordic Model Now!, a small, grassroots women’s group in the UK and StopSurrogacyNow signatory, by speaking out against opening up surrogacy by taking just 10 minutes to respond to the Law Commission’s consultation.

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A cry from the heart: Surrogacy scandals in Ukraine

On 20 August 2019, Australian journalist Samantha Hawley’s exposé of the dirty surrogacy business in Ukraine aired on Foreign Correspondent on ABC television as ‘Damaged babies and broken hearts.’

Samantha Hawley was the courageous journalist who broke the news about Baby Gammy who was left behind with his mother in Thailand in 2014 because he had Down syndrome and his commissioning Australian parents only took Gammy’s able-bodied twin sister home. (The father was later revealed to be a convicted pedophile.)

Hawley does it again with her report on surrogacy in Ukraine which is both heartbreaking and infuriating.

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StopSurrogacyNow Expands Global Reach

StopSurrogacyNow is pleased to announce that the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), and Abolish Surrogacy Australia (ABSA), will be joining the global StopSurrogacyNow campaign.

WoLF, a woman only organization, is a radical feminist organization dedicated to the total liberation of women.

ABSA is a new Australian group that is joining with SSN to abolish all surrogacy.

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Gloria Steinem Calls Upon New York Gov. Cuomo to Not Legalize Commercial Surrogacy

A few months ago, I joined over a hundred women leaders in New York State who wrote a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo opposing the “Child-Parent Security Act,” a bill that would legalize reproductive commercial surrogacy in our state. We need your help to stop this bill. Women’s health, rights and lives may depend on it.

The danger here is not the use of altruistic surrogacy to create a loving family, which is legal in New York now, but the state legalizing the commercial and profit-driven reproductive surrogacy industry. As has been seen here and in other countries, this harms and endangers women in the process, especially those who feel that they have few or no economic alternatives.

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Public Comment to UN Special Rapporteur

The following public comment was submitted by StopSurrogacyNow to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children.

To the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children,

We are women and men of diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, 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 arrangements. We are here to answer your call for input regarding the sale and exploitation of children that surrogacy produces.

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Live Stream – Signers of SSN on the Casualties of Surrogacy

Mark your calendar for noon EST on Monday, May 6 to tune in to the live stream of an upcoming panel discussion featuring Stop Surrogacy Now signers. Three speakers, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, will discuss why surrogacy in all its forms must be abolished.

Political and social support for the sale of infants by women who need money is increasing in the United States, despite human rights campaigns to ban surrogacy and the parallel practices of organ sales and prostitution. Surrogacy is a medical, ethical and legal disaster. The deliberately ignored rights of human beings who are harmed by this cruel practice must be heard.

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Broken Bonds and Big Money: Conference Summary

This summary of the Broken Bonds and Big Money International Conference on Surrogacy, which took place March 15-16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, was provided by conference organizers.

Dr Caroline Norma from RMIT welcomed conference participants to her university and acknowledged the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners on whose land this conference took place. She continued with a brief note on the state of surrogacy in Australia: only altruistic surrogacy is permitted and in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory travelling overseas for surrogacy is a criminal act punishable by one to three years of jail (but unfortunately not enforced).

Jennifer Lahl, President of the US Center for Bioethics and Culture and originator of Stop Surrogacy Now, presented an overview of the international state of surrogacy – Western Europe mostly allows no surrogacy, India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia have banned commercial surrogacy, rogue operators in Ukraine and Russia are becoming the new go-to destinations for cheap, unregulated surrogacy – and went on to describe surrogacy in the USA.

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A Letter to NY Gov. Cuomo from Stop Surrogacy Now

This letter will be hand-delivered to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Dear Governor Cuomo,

We are writing to you as signers of the international group Stop Surrogacy Now. We number more than 10,000 and come from all walks of life. We are hetero- and homosexual, partnered and single and we vary in our political and religious beliefs. We live in the Global South and the Global North with many of us residing in the USA including New York State.

We are a diverse group, but we share one common goal: to stop the normalizing of surrogacy portrayed as an act of love and kindness by the media when yet another celebrity tells us their good news story and thanks their ‘gestational carrier’ for their very own biological child.

We are very alarmed to see that you are proposing to pass the Child-Parent Security Act as part of the Budget Bill [S.1505-A/A.2005-A, Part QQ] which would see commercial surrogacy legalized in New York State.

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Broken Bonds: International Surrogacy Conference + Australian Book Launch

“Broken Bonds and Big Money” will draw attention to the human rights abuses committed through surrogacy arrangements against so-called “surrogate” mothers, egg “donors” and the children resulting from surrogacy.

The aim of the International Conference on Surrogacy, organized by FINRRAGE (an Australian organizational signatory of Stop Surrogacy Now) and Spinifex Press, is to showcase the human rights abuses committed through surrogacy arrangements – commercial and altruistic – against so-called “surrogate” mothers, egg “donors” and the children resulting from surrogacy. It will be held March 15-16, 2019 at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

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Memo to New York State Senators: Commercial Surrogacy Undermines the Child-Parent Relationship

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With a Democratic majority in both the New York Senate and Assembly, along with a Democratic Governor, victory for the surrogacy industry is within reach. A bill that would make commercial surrogacy contracts legal and enforceable in the Empire State has been slipped into the state’s 2019 budget, buried deep on page 392.

I ask you, Governor Cuomo, Senator Hoylman, and Assemblywoman Paulin: Is the “Child-Parent Security Act” really about the security of the child and the parent? Or is it about the wealthy—those who have the means to purchase children and who believe that they have a right to a child, a right to put women and children in harm’s way, and a right to undermine the dignity of others?

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The $100,000 Baby

fake $100,000 bill with baby in center

What would you think if America’s favorite marketplace, Amazon, started selling babies to men and women who genuinely desired, with all of their heart and souls, to become parents? These are good people who would treat their purchases like family, for a lifetime.

What do you think? Do you think this is absurd? Should markets exist where men, women, and couples have the opportunity to buy parentage? What if these markets already exist? In his newest publication, The One Hundred Thousand Dollar Baby: The Ideological Roots of a New American Export, David Smolin, claims that they already do.

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Surrogacy: Erasing the Mother

Surrogacy highlighted in dictionary

The main conceptual problem in surrogacy — the production and sale of a child — reduces both women and children to commodities in commerce: things.

Many articles and books can be found describing the horrors of surrogacy. Exploitation is common, with abuse and slave-like conditions for women.

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All Ways of Family Building are NOT Equal and Do Not Protect Child’s Rights

pregnant woman with barcode on belly

Is having a baby that results from a loving relationship the same as having a baby being created via a business transaction?

Are a husband and wife with two kids a house and a dog, a single career woman who decides to be inseminated because time is running out for her to be a mother, a family who decides to foster one or more special needs children, and a gay couple who have a child via surrogacy all equal? Do all of these ways of family building put the needs of the child(ren) before the desires of the adults and are primarily in the child’s best interest? Are all equally accessible to people of all income levels? Is financial means, which allows for multiple options in both controlling reproduction and family building, a good litmus test for parenthood? Most importantly, do all “family building” options protect the rights of children?

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Happy New Year

2019 Happy New Year with confetti

As we close out 2018 and look forward to 2019, it’s not too late to give a gift of support to The Center for Bioethics and Culture, which manages the Stop Surrogacy Now campaign’s modest budget for necessities like administrative work and website upkeep.

All that we’ve been able to accomplish in 2018 is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and faithfully. Please remember The Center for Bioethics and Culture in your end-of-year giving, and invite your friends and family to join us by signing the petition to #StopSurrogacyNow.

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The Year is Ending, But Our Work is Not

5 Days Left badgeThe fight to #StopSurrogacyNow is ongoing, but we are as committed to this campaign today as the day it was launched. The landscape of politics, medical developments and technological enhancements may shift, but our goal remains the same – to Stop Surrogacy Now, globally and totally.

We run this important campaign on a modest budget and don’t require membership or dues to be part of this. The administrative work and website upkeep of Stop Surrogacy Now are managed by The Center for Bioethics and Culture – would you consider a gift to the CBC to help cover the costs to maintain the campaign?

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Real Grownups Know No One Has the Right to a Child

Silicon Valley International Film Festival Official Selection laurelReal grownups know that no one has a right to a child, a right to another woman’s body in order to have a child, or a right to risk anyone’s health or life in order to have a child.

Jennifer Lahl, President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, responds to an essay titled “It’s Time to be Grown Up About Surrogacy” that was featured in the November 2018 edition of British GQ.

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#BigFertility: Selected for film festival, plus free on Amazon Prime!

Silicon Valley International Film Festival Official Selection laurelWe are thrilled to announce that #BigFertility: It’s All About the Money (produced by Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network) is an official selection for the 2018 Silicon Valley International Film Festival! The festival will take place Dec. 12-15, and we hope Kelly’s harrowing surrogacy story leaves a lasting impact on the filmmakers and tech professionals in attendance.

But you don’t have to be at the festival to see the film — #BigFertility is now available for FREE on Amazon Prime, as well to rent or purchase if you’re not an Amazon Prime member!

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Urgent Alert. Action Required Now!

Mexico flagOlga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s next Minister of Interior, presented in the Senate a reform that allows for surrogacy to flourish nationwide. We are asking for your help to gather signatures from international organizations and individuals. You can sign by clicking on this link, where you will also find our press release:

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Unmasking the Horrors of Rent-a-Womb Inc.: A Review of “#Big Fertility: It’s All About the Money”

women holding Womb 4 Rent need $$$ signIf you know of any woman considering becoming a surrogate mom, I implore you, please move heaven and earth to convince her not to proceed.

Really, I mean it, pull out all the stops and tell her in no uncertain terms to steer completely clear of surrogacy, especially if she is being enticed by the sums of money offered in fertility agency ads. Might I also suggest that you send her a copy of “#BigFertility: It’s All About the Money,” a recently released documentary by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, which I just watched over the weekend.

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The Dangerous Effects of Surrogacy: A Review of “A Transnational Feminist View of Surrogacy Biomarkets in India”

outline map of IndiaImagine you live in India. You live in extreme poverty—poverty like most Americans have never witnessed. The kind of poverty that leads you to sign a contract that you cannot read. You relinquish your home, your friends, your family, your children, your body. You leave your community to live in a dormitory where your every move is monitored and recorded. You have no control over the medical interventions performed on you. You are told what you can watch on television, what you can eat, where and how far you can walk, and even what you can listen to.

This is not a spin-off of the “Handmaid’s Tale.”

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Contract Pregnancies Exposed: Surrogacy Contracts Don’t Protect Surrogate Mothers and Their Children

textured do not enter signSurrogacy is no April Fools’ joke. It’s no laughing matter at all. It’s a big business that exploits, uses, abuses, preys on, and commodifies women. It turns children into products to be designed, selected, and purchased, while it profits handsomely. And it is willing to fight like mad to protect its moneyed interests.

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Contract Pregnancies Exposed: Surrogacy Contracts Don’t Protect Surrogate Mothers and Their Children

surrogacy ad on carThe current debate over surrogacy has two main positions. One side argues we should allow the practice with regulations. The other side argues it should be prohibited altogether. All parties in the debate generally acknowledge that there can be abuses and exploitation, and that the best interests of the children produced should be considered.

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New Documentary Explores the Business of Big Fertility, Finds It’s All About The Money

Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2013), Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), and Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), announce the theatrical premiere of their new documentary film #BigFertility.

Like Big Tobacco and Big Pharma, Big Fertility is what happens when an industry intentionally disregards—and indeed attempts to distract from—the harm it inflicts on its customers in the pursuit of profit. In all the slick marketing around surrogacy there is never any mention of the real and serious potential health risks to the young women who serve as ‘gestational carriers.’

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Are Mommies Safe? Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States

USA Today claimed, “Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.” Here, a labor and delivery nurse assesses this article, explaining how the research broadly generalizes all pregnancies and fails to distinguish between “natural” pregnancies and those that utilize assisted reproductive technology, which are usually classified as higher-risk.

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Stop Wombs for Rent (Vientres de Alquiler) Joins StopSurrogacyNow

Stop Vientres de Alquiler (Stop Wombs for Rent) is a feminist Spanish project whose main aims are to promote knowledge about surrogacy and to enhance social awareness of this form of violence against women, girls, and boys.

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Asking New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin to Withdraw Support for Commercial Surrogacy Bill

New York state mapThe letter below was drafted, circulated, and sent to New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). In it, a host of leaders and activists in the movement for gender, racial, and economic justice ask Assemblywoman Paulin to withdraw her support for a bill seeking to legalize commercial surrogacy in the state of New York. It is a powerful example of people coming together from diverse backgrounds to make common cause against surrogacy.

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Feminists against Wombs for Rent (Femmva — Feministas Mexicanas contra Vientres de Alquiler) Joins StopSurrogacyNow

femmvaFemmva is a group of Mexican feminists opposed to all forms of surrogacy and the reproductive exploitation of women. The name, Femmva, includes the term “wombs for rent” not because we reduce women to wombs, of course (it is clients and surrogacy agencies who reduce women to their reproductive functions), but because it is important to name the problem in all its harshness, and surrogacy is an aseptic term that obscures what is really going on.

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Surrogacy Contracts: A Blight on the Human Dignity of Surrogate Mothers and the Children they Bear

Adeline Allen’s recent article focuses on the document at the crux of all surrogacy deals: the contract. Here, at the point where the two trade parties meet, we see the stark imbalance of the exploitative surrogacy industry in black and white.

Allen argues that while there is a fundamental right for citizens to be free to make contracts between themselves, this freedom must be limited by the government in order to avoid the exploitation of poorer, weaker parties.* By setting boundaries around what people can pay other people to do, the state ensures a safety net for the health and freedom of all citizens – not just those who can pay the most. Just as . . .

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Gay Rights and Surrogacy Wrongs: Say “No” to Wombs-for-Rent

We are a lesbian and a gay man who have been involved for many years in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality and for broader human rights issues. We both unequivocally oppose all forms of surrogacy as unethical; as legally, medically and psychologically dangerous; and as an abusive commodification of women and of babies that also carries significant and barely-reported health risks for the women and babies involved.

Furthermore, the practice of surrogacy finds widespread global expression in wealthy couples paying economically deprived women to bear children on their behalf, facilitated by high-earning surrogacy agencies and their legal advisers. Little thought seems . . .

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Toni’s Experience as a Surrogate Mother: It’s Been a Nightmare

Toni, a surrogate mother from Iowa, says of her experience: “It’s been a nightmare. It has almost destroyed my family.”

Because of the films they’ve made, and because of their work in the #StopSurrogacyNow coalition, our friends at The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) are regularly contacted by women who find themselves in the midst of surrogacies that are in the process of going wrong or who are living with the aftermath of a situation that went wrong.

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Study Finds Surrogate Pregnancies are Different

This retrospective study looked at data from women who experienced both their own spontaneous pregnancies and birth as well as IVF pregnancies from a commissioned embryo as part of a surrogate pregnancy and birth. In other words, this study utilized data from women who had two different pregnancy and birth experiences—one with her own child produced naturally, and another where she was a womb for rent to a couple with an IVF baby.

By using previous pregnancies (natural pregnancies that had occurred in the same woman) as the control, this allowed the researchers to evaluate the effect of assisted reproductive therapy (mainly IVF) on the birth experience and outcome.

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If You are Considering Becoming a Parent by Surrogacy, You Need this Information

If you are considering becoming a mother or a father via surrogacy, there is some important information you should know regarding the baby’s health, which agencies that promote surrogacy tend to omit. Please allow me to briefly outline some of the most important points based on scientific evidence:

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Drawing Lines: A review of Renate Klein’s “Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation”

Reading Renate Klein’s elegantly argued Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, it’s difficult not to keep repeating to oneself, “How did we get here?”, all the while trying to keep at bay a sense of despair.

“Here” is an allegedly civilized world in which treating a woman’s body as a commodity is regarded in polite liberal circles as not just acceptable but a sign of being progressive. Klein’s analysis of surrogacy focuses on the renting of women’s wombs, what she and others appropriately describe as “reproductive prostitution.” The term reminds us that many liberals also endorse “regular’ prostitution, men’s use of objectified female bodies for sexual pleasure.

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Why and How to Ask NJ Governor Murphy to Veto S482

New Jersey’s “gestational carrier bill” a/k/a “rent-a-womb,” twice vetoed by Governor Christie, has again passed both houses of the NJ legislature and is waiting on Governor Murphy’s desk for his signature or veto.

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Children are Human Beings, Not Goods or Services

A Press Release from Collectif pour le Respect de la Personne (CoRP)

The French organization CoRP (Collectif pour le Respect de la Personne) has taken note of the study on surrogacy and sale of children presented by the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children during the thirty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.

We share and support the Special Rapporteur’s observation that most surrogacy agreements, including those concluded in so-called developed countries, are nothing more than the sale of children, regardless of the legal devices used.

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Hague Conference: Press Release

In March 2015, we sent to the permanent Bureau a contribution showing that surrogacy is contrary to international human rights law and proposing  the creation within the UN of a Convention on the International Abolition of Surrogacy. We also requested to be consulted as part of the current work of the HCCH, in order to represent the views of civil society.

Since our contribution has not been taken into account so far, we ask once again for our arguments to be considered by the Experts’ Group on Parentage / Surrogacy.

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I’m gay. And like most Italians, I oppose surrogacy.

My name is Vincenzo. I am Italian and I’m gay.

Normally I don’t feel this need to label myself because I think sexuality is simply a detail. On this planet we are men and women — people — that’s all. But on the topic of surrogacy it’s important to specify my sexuality because I must shatter the myth that all gay men are in favor of this horrendous practice.

Recently the Italian movement “Se Non Ora Quando” (translated, “If not now when?) launched a survey to determine what Italians think about surrogacy. It’s no coincidence that Se Non Ora Quando, which is concerned with violence against women, conducted this first-time-ever national survey on surrogacy in my country.

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Tell the Government of Western Australia to Abolish all Surrogacy

The Government of Western Australia is inviting Submissions for their independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and their Surrogacy Act 2008. They are due on March 16, 2018.

This is a chance to tell the WA Government to abolish all surrogacy as it constitutes a human rights violation of the women and children involved. At the moment . . .

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Six Reasons Why Washington State’s “Uniform Parentage Act” Should Die A Terrible Death

The Washington State legislature is planning to ring in the new year by violating children’s rights as they consider SB 6037, “The Uniform Parenting Act.”

In discussions on family structure- whether you’re talking about marriage, divorce, or the booming fertility industry- the desire of adults takes center stage.  SB 6037 is no different. If you peruse the 55-page bill you’ll discover that any consideration of the rights or needs of children is shockingly absent.  But just because the bill fails to acknowledge their rights, it doesn’t mean that children don’t have them.

Here are six reasons why this bill is bad for kids and should be roundly rejected.

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Most Italians are Against Surrogacy

Research (Asked for by Women) Finds Most Italians are Against Surrogacy

Crowdfunded Survey: 48% oppose, 41% favor

What do Italians know and think about surrogate mothers? When people talk about it things often get heated, but up until today no one had surveyed opinions regarding the practice, which is banned in Italy. To understand the situation the la Rete Femminista 1 Ottobre [The October 1 Feminist Network], which is made up of Se Non Ora Quando Libere, Rua, Arcilesbica nazionale, Udi, Resistenza femminista, and others, launched a fundraiser with many participants and turned to Istituto Ixè (a market research company).

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A Small but Mighty Book—Renate Klein’s Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

It is clear, even from the title—Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation—how Dr. Renate Klein feels about surrogacy. She has spent many years studying, writing, and educating on women’s health, reproductive technologies, and feminist philosophies, and she cofounded Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE). This small but mighty book is densely packed with an examination of surrogacy and her objections to the “dangerous and exploitative nature of the surrogacy process.” She boldly and succinctly exposes the dangers and dilemmas of what she calls the “latest frontier of violence against women.”

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Contract Pregnancies Exposed

The United States currently has a hodgepodge of state-level legislation regulating surrogacy. High-profile disputes over surrogate pregnancies demonstrate this is not a workable solution. Regulating surrogacy does not protect women and children. It only commodifies them more.

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Ethical Case for Abolishing all Forms of Surrogacy

All surrogacy is cruel to human infants because even so-called “altruistic surrogacy” demands the removal of the neonate from her or his gestational mother when every aspect, every cell, every desire of that neonate, is geared toward being on the body of the gestational mother, to suckle and seek comfort and safety.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Women Are Not Your Baby Factories

When Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed through his Instagram account that he had been the father of twins, he received more than 8 million “likes,” 290,300 articles were published on the subject worldwide, 71,000 of them containing the phrase “very happy.” There was only one thing that did not appear anywhere: the mother’s name. Who was she? How was her pregnancy and how did she feel after birth? How many times a day does she think about her children that she might not see again? Ronaldo does not mention it, and the only thing that is known about her is that she is an American citizen and that she received €200,000 for the babies.

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New Book — Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation

Renate Klein, an original signatory of the #StopSurrogacyNow Statement, has a new book, Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation, publishing in November 2017.

About the Book

Surrogacy is heavily promoted by the stagnating IVF industry which seeks new markets for women over 40, and gay men who believe they have a ‘right’ to their own children and ‘family foundation’. Pro-surrogacy groups in rich countries such as Australia and Western Europe lobby for the shift to commercial surrogacy. Their capitalist neo-liberal argument is . . .

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Surrogacy: An LGBT Equality Advocate’s Perspective

My name is Gary Powell. I have been an advocate for gay, lesbian and bisexual equality since my late teens. I also oppose surrogacy: both commercial surrogacy, and so-called altruistic surrogacy. I do not believe . . .

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An Example of Capitalism Literally Milking the Poor

There are obvious similarities between the breast milk and surrogacy trades. The surrogacy trade is rife in Cambodia, and feminists and other human rights campaigners have been pressuring the government to clamp down on the baby market.

My fixer, a local journalist named Kalliyan, tells me about the surrogacy trade in the poor areas of Phnom Penh, and I realize the recruitment process and targeting of desperate, impoverished women is the same as that for breast milk.

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International Campaigners in Spain to Call for Abolition of Surrogacy

[Madrid, 26 April 2017] An international panel of #StopSurrogacyNow campaigners were in Madrid this April, to meet with decision-makers and NGOs, and raise awareness on the need for a global abolition of the practice of surrogacy. Through a public event featuring the screening of the documentary Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, they shared their experience, vision, and recommendations with regards to this new form of commodification of women’s and children’s body.

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See “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” / “Criadoras: ¿Una clase inferior de mujeres?” in Madrid

The documentary film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (Criadoras: ¿Una clase inferior de mujeres?) will be shown with Spanish subtitles (con subtitulos en español). A panel discussion will follow the film screening.

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U.S. Surrogate Mother Exploited by Spanish Couple Visiting Spain: Surrogacy is Exploitation, Practice Should Remain Illegal


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Conference in Rome: Surrogacy A Real Dehumanization of Mother and Child

Last month we alerted you to a meeting in Rome put together by “Se Non Ora Quando? – Libere” (transl: “If Not Now When? – Free”), an original organizational signer of our Stop Surrogacy Now Statement.

The international meeting in Rome, held on 23 March, presented a request to the United Nations bodies, in order to address the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (and of child and human rights), to create a procedure aimed at recommending the practice of surrogate motherhood to be prohibited as incompatible with the respect of human rights and women’s dignity.

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Initiatives in Italy

Over the years the Italian group “Se Non Ora Quando? – Libere” (transl: “If Not Now When? – Free”) has campaigned against femicide and violence against women, and has started an important campaign to reaffirm the social and political power of motherhood, aiming to create a new shared common sense around motherhood and advocating the empowering of gender difference.

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What A Great Event!

Our “Trading on the Female Body” event on Tuesday in New York was a terrific success. Before the event even started, we had to bring in more chairs. We ended up with people standing in the back and sitting on the floor down the sides.

Both panels did a wonderful job, the audience was engaged, and interesting, probing questions were asked. The online audience was also very engaged, sending thumbs up, angry face, and heart emojis as each person spoke.

But you don’t have to take our word for it.

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Join Us LIVE from New York

We are hosting a global conversation on surrogacy, “Trading on the Female Body,” in New York City on Tuesday, March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM EDT.

For those who aren’t able to join us in person in New York, we will broadcast the event live on our Facebook page, and we will archive the day’s video on Facebook and our website. One way or another, please plan to join us!

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Feminists Gathering to Stop Surrogacy Exploitation



Leading international feminists and bioethicists, alarmed by the dramatic spread of gestational surrogacy and commercial egg farming in the U.S.—buying and selling children is outlawed in many parts of the world—will hold a news conference on…

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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 money that talks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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.

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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 or can be lodged via the Committee website.

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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.


Over the past few years a number of films, both documentary and narrative, have focused on the issue of surrogacy. Find out 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 (also available in French):


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Urgent Alert. Action Required Now!

Mexico flagOlga Sánchez Cordero, la próxima Secretaria de Gobernación en México, presentó al Senado una ley de reproducción asistida que de aprobarse daría luz verde a la práctica del alquiler de vientres en todo el territorio nacional.Estamos recabando firmas tanto de organizaciones nacionales como internacionales, así como de individuos. Para sumarse, pueden expresar su apoyo aquí (en español) y aquí (en inglés)

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La verdad de los embarazos por contrato: Los contratos por gestación subrogada, ni protegen a las madres ni a los niños.

surrogacy ad on carEl debate actual sobre la maternidad de alquiler tiene dos posiciones principales.Una de las partes argumenta que deberíamos permitir la práctica, regulándola. La otra parte argumenta que debe haber una prohibición total de la maternidad subrogada. Todas las partes generalmente reconocen que puede haber abuso y explotación, y que se debe tener en cuenta el interés superior de los niños.

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Stop Vientres de Alquiler

Stop Vientres de Alquiler es un proyecto de divulgación feminista que tiene como objetivo impulsar el conocimiento y crear conciencia social sobre la maternidad subrogada, que no es más que explotación reproductiva de mujeres y mercado de bebés.

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Feministas Mexicanas contra Vientres de Alquiler (Femmva)

femmvaSomos un grupo de feministas mexicanas opuestas a todas las formas de gestación subrogada y a la explotación reproductiva de las mujeres. Nuestro nombre, Feministas Mexicanas contra Vientres de Alquiler (Femmva), incluye la expresión “vientres de alquiler” no porque reduzcamos a las mujeres a vientres, desde luego (son los clientes y las agencias intermediarias los que reducen a las mujeres a sus funciones reproductivas), sino porque es importante señalar el problema en toda su crudeza y gestación subrogada es un término aséptico que esconde todo lo que pasa detrás.

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Si quieres ser padre o madre por gestación subrogada necesitas esta información

Si quieres o consideras ser padre o madre por gestación subrogada, necesitas conocer esta información sobre algunos aspectos que reiteradamente omiten las agencias que promueven la subrogación y que tiene que ver con la salud del bebé, tu posible hijo-a. Permíteme explicarte brevemente algunos puntos importantes, me baso en la evidencia científica:

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Cristiano Ronaldo, la mujer no es una fábrica

Cuando Cristiano Ronaldo confirmó a través de su cuenta Instagram que había sido padre de dos mellizos, recibió más de 8 millones “me gusta”, 290 300 artículos fueron publicados sobre el tema mundialmente, 71 000 de ellos conteniendo la frase “muy feliz”. Sólo había una cosa que no apareció en ninguna parte: el nombre de la madre. ¿Quién es? ¿Cómo fue su embarazo y cómo se siente tras el parto? ¿Cuántas veces al día piensa en sus hijos que nunca más verá? Ronaldo ni la menciona, y la única cosa que se sabe de ella es que es norteamericana y que recibió 200 000 euros por los bebés.

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EL VERDADERO PRECIO A PAGAR – Reflexiones sobre los vientres de alquiler

***REGISTRAR*** (Gratis)

mié., 26 de abril de 2017
19:00 – 21:00 CEST

MEEU (Madrid Espacios y Eventos Urbanos)
Estación de Chamartín
Primera Planta
Madrid, Spain

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See “Breeders: A Subclass of Women?” / “Criadoras: ¿Una clase inferior de mujeres?” in Madrid

The documentary film Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (Criadoras: ¿Una clase inferior de mujeres?) will be shown with Spanish subtitles (con subtitulos en español). A panel discussion will follow the film screening.

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La vérité des grossesses à contrat: Les contrats de maternité de substitution ne protègent ni les mères porteuses ni leurs enfants

surrogacy ad on carLe débat actuel sur la maternité de substitution présente deux positions principales. L’une des parties soutient que nous devrions permettre la pratique, en la réglementant. L’autre partie soutient qu’il faut interdire totalement la maternité de substitution. Toutes les parties reconnaissent généralement qu’il peut y avoir des abus et de l’exploitation, et que l’intérêt supérieur des enfants doit être pris en considération.

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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.

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La maternità surrogata non è affatto una questione di risate.

La maternità surrogata non è uno scherzo per il pesce d’aprile. Non è affatto una questione di risate. È un grande business che sfrutta, usa, abusa, caccia e mercifica le donne.Trasforma i bambini in merce da progettare, selezionare e acquistare, facendo guadagnare profumatamente. E chi lo fa è disposto a combattere come un matto per proteggere i propri interessi economici.

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Sono gay e come la maggior parte degli Italiani sono contrario alla maternità surrogata.

Il mio nome è Vincenzo. Sono italiano e sono gay.

Normalmente non sento la necessità di etichettarmi perché penso che la sessualità sia un semplice dettaglio. Su questo pianeta siamo uomini e donne- persone- solo questo. Ma riguardo al tema della maternità surrogata è importante specificare la propria sessualità perché si deve sfatare il mito che tutti gli uomini gay sono a favore di questa orrenda pratica.

Recentemente il movimento “Se Non Ora Quando” ha lanciato un sondaggio per capire cosa pensano gli italiani della maternità surrogata. Non è una coincidenza che Se Non Ora Quando, che si occupa di violenza contro le donne, abbia condotto questa prima ricerca nazionale, sulla surrogata.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, una donna non è una macchina!

Quando Cristiano Ronaldo ha confermato, attraverso il suo account Instagram, che era diventato padre di due gemelli, ha ricevuto ben 8 milioni di “mi piace” e sono stati pubblicati nel mondo 290, 300 articoli sul tema. 71,000 di questi contenevano la frase “molto felice”. C’era solo una cosa che non è mai apparsa: il nome della madre. Chi? Come era stata la sua gravidanza? come si sentiva dopo la nascita? Quante volte al giorno pensava al bambino che non vedrà mai più? Ronaldo non l’ha mai menzionata e l’unica cosa che si sa è che è americana e che ha ricevuto euro 200,000 per i due bambini.

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Appello Che Libertà

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.

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