Last week when I was in New York to host and moderate our Trading on the Female Body event—which was a success beyond our expectations (please be sure to watch or re-watch the video of the event on Facebook or YouTube!)—I also testified at the United Nations.
The UN event was entitled “Root Causes of Trafficking in Persons,” and I was there to bring attention to the serious human trafficking issues that arise in surrogacy, and to encourage those at the UN to fight against the practice of surrogacy rather than cave in to those who would have us simply regulate it.
I’ve included a copy of my remarks at the UN below so you can know the important message I delivered there.
It would be difficult to overstate how important moments like this are. To be heard by this important body on this topic of global importance is an honor, a privilege, and a great responsibility. I could not have done this without your generous support, over many years of work. Thank you!
The momentum of our Stop Surrogacy Now efforts is building. CBC Executive Director Matthew Eppinette and I are flying to Spain next month to host an event similar to the one we put on last week in New York. Our purpose there will be to help educate Spanish activists and legislators who are working to keep surrogacy illegal in their country. This is truly a global problem that requires a global solution. And that means work on a global scale.
While we were in New York, we also began filming on our next documentary, about a young woman named Kelly who served as a surrogate multiple times. She saw first-hand how the surrogacy industry is truly a fertility industrial complex, using people so long as it can profit off of them, and then casting them aside, often leaving them emotionally wounded, physically injured, and financially damaged.
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Kelly’s story is so compelling that we need to build it into a feature-length film rather than a short film. She will be traveling with us to Spain, and we may travel to her home for additional interviews and filming.
This work, though, requires our full attention and a great commitment of resources. Please consider how much you can contribute to help us continue to build on this momentum. In addition, please help us spread the word of this important work to those in your network. This is an important message that needs to be heard in our culture. And we need many more to be informed, and, frankly, we need many more to help support our work to Stop Surrogacy Now.
LifeNews Note: Jennifer Lahl is President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network