“OBJECT fights social systems that objectify women: the sex trades, surrogacy and transgenderism. OBJECT wants to abolish surrogacy because surrogacy exploits women and ignores the rights of children. Woman farming can never be right.”
– Janice Will, Chair of OBJECT – Women Not Sex Objects
“Breaking Free, is a St. Paul based non-profit serving women and girls involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking. We work to help women escape these dangerous and oppressive systems and situations through advocacy, direct services, housing and education. At Breaking Free, we are invested in stopping all aspects of violence against women in Minnesota and across the county and believe that surrogacy falls into this category”.
–Teresa Forliti, Executive Director of Breaking Free (USA)
“Nordic Model Now! is proud to support the Stop Surrogacy Now campaign. We are a small, grassroots women’s group in the UK. Our main focus is campaigning for the Nordic Model approach to prostitution, which aims to bring about the abolition of prostitution while helping those caught up in it to make a new life outside.
We have always considered surrogacy to be closely related to prostitution – in both, the woman’s very body and being are instrumentalised for someone else’s benefit, while a whole feeding chain of third parties benefit economically from the arrangement.
In prostitution, she becomes a sex toy for a succession of nameless men and is bound to flatter each one and pretend she’s loving it. In surrogacy, she becomes a production line whose product is a real-life baby, and again there are many pressures on her to pretend it’s something other than what it really is – that she has been reduced to a function for someone else’s benefit, and the baby has been reduced to a commodity for sale.
Human rights are founded on the inherent dignity of each and every human being. Instrumentalising and commodifying a human being is a fundamental and egregious violation of this and has an impact on every single one of us and on the kind of society we live in – because if you can violate one person’s human rights, it’s easier to violate someone else’s.
That it is so hard for many people to see the human rights violations intrinsic to prostitution and surrogacy is a clear indication that women have not yet been granted full human rights in practice and in culture. We are still seen as second class.
In the UK, the Law Commission is running a consultation on proposals to open up surrogacy, including allowing birth mothers to be paid a fee and removing all restrictions on the advertising of surrogacy-enabling services.
If you don’t want to see babies for sale in the UK, and poor and disadvantaged women reduced to breeders for the rich, we urge you to submit a response. It only takes 10 minutes!”
– Anna Fisher, Chair of Nordic Model Now!