Global surrogacy is a growing “industry.” It has grave potential for human rights abuses, including coercion and trafficking in women for forced reproduction, among others. Yet there are no international standards limiting this practice nor enough research on the implications of surrogacy in countries where it is prevalent. We must act now to investigate and regulate this industry before it is too late.
All children should be hoped for and longed for. They should all find welcome in a family that was not complete before their arrival. They should all be the children not of our wants but of our dreams, and our deepest fulfillment.
Gestational surrogacy, the latest trend in reproductive tourism, a sub-industry of medical tourism, has increased exponentially over the last several years as Americans, Europeans and others seek out surrogacy services abroad. But neither the legal nor the ethical implications of these arrangements has been well-considered.
Since the publication of my original article on surrogacy in Guatemala, a number of people have thanked me for exploring global surrogacy. But the director of one adoption agency requested a retraction of the story. More on that here.
Dancehall music is known for a lot of things, but talking about infertility among Caribbean women is not one of them. Three years ago, female deejay Lady Saw created a song about the topic and her message still resonates with women today.
As international adoption has become more difficult, the global surrogacy industry has begun to surge to meet the fertility demands of individuals and couples seeking to secure healthy infants.
When anti-choicers conceptualize, dream up and manage to pass bills in the name of being "pro-life", there is no question they know these laws have the potential to ruin lives.
The birth doula movement has certainly grown over the past few years, and innovative and radical projects have expanded care for pregnant people who might otherwise not receive it, such as young mothers and women in prison. During this time, The Doula Project has been building on a new model of doula care: one that supports pregnant people having abortions and choosing adoption.
Silver linings: Oklahoma blocks an intrusive abortion reporting bill, and Senator Nelson learns 60 is the loneliest number. Plus, an adoption mini roundup.
Teenagers won’t take birth control because it makes them fat, a pilot program offers OTC birth control pills, condoms cause pregnancy and more in today’s roundup…