Woke up to some good news on Facebook this morning (for a change). Via the Center for Bioethics and Culture:
We’ve just gotten word that the European Parliament has clearly condemned surrogacy, approving the following statement:
“Condemns the practice of surrogacy, which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity; considers that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments;”
Meanwhile, in America:
1. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are weighing whether New York should lift its ban on commercial surrogacy, which was enacted in 1993.
2. An Idaho woman, who served as a surrogate three times, and died in October carrying twins. Three people dead and no one’s talking about it.
3. Melissa Cook, who is now 20 weeks pregnant with healthy triplets, is being pressured under legal contract to abort one of the babies she’s carrying for a man in Georgia.
4. A second California surrogate, has come forward after reading Cook’s story and realizing that she was not alone in her situation. She is 17 weeks pregnant with triplets and seeking legal help to fight the abortion coercion.
Repeat after me: Women are not breeders — and children are not commodities. Let’s join the EU and stop this once and for all. Add your name to the petition to stop surrogacy now. Signing is easy.